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Rich Tomato Basil Soup Copycat {la Madeleine' Is My Favorite}

la Madeleine' Tomato Basil Soup Copycat

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.

la Madeleine' Tomato Basil Soup Copycat

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  (I used  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 (I used1 tablespoon of basil paste -- you can find this in the fresh produce isle with the fresh herbs)
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 (or you can use a hand held blender/mixer) 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.

Cook's Note:   I like using a food processor to puree, because you can better control how evenly it purees.

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  1. Oh Yum!! I love la madeleine soup! thanks for sharing- must try it...

  2. I love tomato soup, but won't eat a raw tomato! Tomato soup and a grilled cheese, always a winning combo! It looks delicious!

    1. Kathleen ~ that is the way my G'daughter is...she will not touch a tomato, but loves Tomato Basil Soup and has to have a grill cheese sandwich with it! Love that girl...

  3. I, too, love La Madeleine's tomato basil soup. I've seen the recipe but have never made it. You're giving me the inspiration!

  4. Anonymous1/25/2012

    Sounds wonderful! Love tomato soup. Pat

  5. Oh yum! this looks quick and easy and delish!

  6. Hi Kay,
    I head for La Madeleine every chance I get and always have the Tomato Basil with a salad, I love this soup. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a wonderful week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. Oh Yum! Never heard of the soup and your recipe looks really good. So does your grilled cheese sandwich! Enjoy your weekend!

  8. Tomato basil soup + grilled cheese = my FAVORITE cold weather meal! I have never tried to make my own, but I think I will be adding these ingredients to my shopping list for today :) Thanks for sharing!

  9. YUM!! Saw you on country mama cooks!

  10. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm - this could be my all time favorite meal - so satisfying and delicious
    Mary x

  11. There's nothing that comes close to a hearty homemade soup. This looks delicious! When I think about it, I'm not sure that I've ever eaten a bowl of tomato soup without a grilled cheese sandwich to go along with it. Yumm!

    Thanks for the delicious recipe and thanks for the pin too!

  12. This looks so delicious. Perfect for a fall day. Come visit us. We have a terrific molten cocoa cake recipe and fat free sweet potato souffle to share.

  13. Definitely my kind of soup!
    Tomatoes and basil - wonderful combination
    I'd eat a bowl of this soup anytime

  14. This is one of my favorite soups! Thanks for sharing on Fit and Fab! I hope to see you again this weekend! :)

  15. I like Tomato Basil soup, but my hubby loves it! I have to make this for him! Patsy

  16. I love your recipe! Would you come over to Cast Party Wednesday and share it?
    I hope to see you there!

  17. this looks so delicious I hope you'll add this and any of your other posts to my What We Wore and Made party over at

  18. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your recipe was featured on Today's Menu Round Up
    Please go grab a "featured" button.
    Thank you for sharing your recipe with us at Cast Party Wednesday #26!

  19. This looks fantastic! Can't wait to try it. I am a new follower via the hop (Facebook). I would love it if you had a moment to visit and follow my blog. Donna