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La Madeleine's Tomato-Basil Soup

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Rating: 4/5 4 stars
12 reviews

ready in: 30-60 minutes
serves/makes:   8

recipe id: 26180
cook method: stovetop

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4 cups tomatoes, peeled, cored and chopped, or canned whole tomatoes, crushed
4 cups tomato juice OR part tomato juice and part vegetable or chicken stock
14 washed fresh basil leaves
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 pound sweet, unsalted butter
salt to taste
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper


Combine tomatoes, juice/and or stock in saucepan. Simmer 30 minutes. Puree, along with the basil leaves, in small batches, in blender, food processor (or better yet, one of those handy hand-held food blenders, right in the cooking pan).

Return to saucepan and add cream and butter, while stirring, over low heat. Garnish with basil leaves and serve with your favorite bread.

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244 calories, 23 grams fat, 10 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams protein per serving. This recipe is low in carbs.
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Guest at CDKitchen.com
Aug 1, 2014

I've had what I believe to be La Madeleine's Tomato Basil Soup recipe for years and the ingredients listed are not the same. The one I use is awesome and worth a try. Ingredients 1/2 c bacon, 5 cloves garlic and 1 c chopped onion. Saute til onion clear and bacon cooked. The rest - 3 28 oz cans whole tomatoes, 2 c chicken broth. Heat all together with bacon mix. Add 1/2 c chopped fresh basil and 2 tsp balsamic vinegar. Then puree. Add 1 c half and half or cream at end and stir. S&P to taste. It is so inexpensive and so rich in flavor. I never at the S&P

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Jun 17, 2012

Green Cook
I followed the recipe and the soup turned out to be quote watery and tasteless, by no means anything close to what we ate at La Madeleine about a month ago. I used a little corn starch to thicken it up, a splash of sherry and some garlic for flavor. At the end it turned out to be quite a nice soup...

Guest at CDKitchen.com
Nov 23, 2011

La Madeleine's recipe for Carrot Soup with Tomatoes is closer version of the Tomato Basil Soup. Although, I substituted basil for the thyme and deleted the onions.

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My husband loves la madeleine's tomato soup "just like his mommy made it" well i looked for the recipe because of course i wasn't going to ask my mother in law,and i found this recipe made it to the letter of course and my husband loved it. thank you for posting it.

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This was a great recipie! It was extreamly easy and delicious.

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Dec 16, 2009

Guest Foodie
It is a good soup, but it does not taste anything like real thing.

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I just prepared this soup for a luncheon I had for 7 of my friends. It was a HUGE hit! Everyone loved it and wanted the recipe. I followed the recipe exactly - even bought a hand held blender for the occasion. I just topped the soup with grated parmesan cheese and Italian croutons. Everyone had seconds!

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I substituted the cream with soft tofu instead (tossed it in the blender with the soup) and used only 1/3 of the butter. Turned out creamy and delicious. I've never had a creamy tomato soup before, so i don't know how close it is to the original.

Guest at CDKitchen.com
Oct 6, 2008

I forgot to mention, besides the tofu and decreasing the butter, i also didn't bother prepping the tomatoes, i Just chopped up whole, unpeeled tomatoes and cooked them. I added 1c chicken broth.

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Sep 22, 2008

Guest Foodie
I have found if you try to bring the tomatoes to a simmer too quickly and let them boil too long it can alter the taste- IF you follow the recipe exactly this is the best and easiest cold weather soup there is!!!

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That "chef" that said it tasted nothing like LeMadeline's Tomato Basil needs his friends to try. I had it one day at the restaurant and made it the next and it was exactly like the restaurant. I make it for all my friends and they love it. He's lost his taste buds.

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