tomato spinach swiss soup


i’m leaving you today with a terrible picture (courtesy of yours truly), but an excellent recipe, courtesy of my dear mother. she invented this soup after tasting a similar version at poppycock’s restaurant in traverse city, michigan. 


tomato spinach swiss soup



  • 2-3 quarts stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce



  • 3-4 cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes with jalepeno



  • 8 oz. jarlsberg light (cut up or shredded)
  • 1 bag spinach – chopped, stems removed
  • 1 tablespoons dried basil or 3 tablespoons chopped fresh
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic


in large pot, combine tomatoes, basil and garlic. use a stick blender to puree. (or puree with blender or food processor first.) add spinach and cook over medium until it gets hot. add cheese and cook approx ten minutes longer, or until cheese just becomes melty. season to taste.

this makes a great meal in itself, but goes very well with bruschetta also.

don’t like hot soup in hot weather? it’s great served cold!

(i used one quart stewed tomatoes, one large can pureed tomatoes and one jar spaghetti sauce, because that’s what i had. and i’m stingy with my stewed tomatoes!)




  1. […] tomato spinach swiss soup […]

    • Hi—this recipe is great. I live in Traverse City and we go to Poppycocks a lot. The only ingredient I think it needs is some more heat–as in spice. I have no idea what they add, but it does leave a little bit of a burn after you eat it. Good job on this one—thanks.

      • Thank you so much! I will share with my mom who invented the recipe. 🙂 Funny thing is – we always use her stewed tomatoes which she makes with peppers so our soup is actually always zippy. I have never had the Poppycock’s version, personally.

        Thanks also for your post – I have not been on this blog in a long time. This comes at an appropriate time in my life that I think I will revisit. 🙂

  2. Thank you for sharing this recipe! We had it at Poppycock’s and were going to try to invent our own, so happy to find this here

    • Thank you for your comment! I apologize, I have not been on this blog in a very long time.

  3. That is so funny! I tried the Tomato, spinach and swiss soup at Poppycock’s which prompted me to search for a recipe it. If your mother goes again tell her to try the caesar salad. She will fall in love!!

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