Today it is raining like crazy here in Northeast Texas. We experienced a dangerous drought this Summer and early Fall, so we are not complaining. Today is a perfect day for soup and my Tomato Basil Soup is a quick and hearty tomato soup to warm you up.
My favorite place to eat Tomato Basil Soup is at a la Madeleine' Country French Cafe -- so much so that I had to find out how to make it. I found this copycat recipe that is the closest to la Madeleine's so far. Their Signature Tomato Basil Soupe is available at Sam's, and I must say I do buy it occasionally, but it is pretty pricy and doesn't go very far -- so this soup is a fill in until I make it to my favorite eating place.
Tomato Basil Soup Copycat
Slightly Adapted from: Houston Press Blog
4 cups tomatoes, peeled, cored, and chopped (or 4 cups canned whole tomatoes, crushed)
4 cups tomato juice (or mixture of tomato juice and vegetable juice)
12-14 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1-1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup butter, sliced
1/4-1/2 teaspoon coarse black pepper
salt to taste
Combine tomatoes and tomato juice (or tomato and vegetable juice combination) in a saucepan. Simmer 30 minutes. Add basil leaves and puree in food processor until smooth and thick, not watery. Return to saucepan and add cream and butter, stirring constantly over low heat until creamy smooth and all ingredients are incorporated.
Note: I like using a food processor to puree, because you can better control how evenly it purees.
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