Copycat La Madeleine's Tomato-Basil Soup

Copycat La Madeleine's Tomato-Basil Soup

My sister Joyce took me to La Madeleine to eat lunch and I had the Tomato-Basil Soup. I was a little cautious about trying it because I do not like tomato soup. My sister was telling me how delicious this soup was and I tried a bowl and I loved it. It is so creamy and flavorful, I wanted more. When you make this Copycat La Madeleine’s Tomato-Basil Soup at home you can even have a second bowl! Enjoy.

Ingredients for Copycat La Madeleine's Tomato-Basil Soup:

  • 4 cups fresh tomatoes, cored, peeled, and chopped, 8-10 or 4 cups canned whole tomatoes, crushed

  • 4 cups tomato juice, or part vegetable or part chicken stock

  • 12 -14 basil leaves, washed fresh

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1/4 lb sweet unsalted butter

  • Salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

  • Lemon juice

Directions for making Copycat La Madeleine's Tomato-Basil Soup:

Step 1: Combine tomatoes, juice and or stock in the saucepan.

Step 2: Simmer 30 minutes.

Step 3: Puree, along with the basil leaves, in small batches, in the blender, food processor or hand-held food blenders, right in the cooking pan.

Step 4: Return to saucepan and add cream and butter, while stirring, over low heat.

Step 5: Garnish with basil leaves and serve with your favorite bread.

This recipe serves 8 people.


Some folks like to add onion and garlic that has been minced and sautéed in 1 tablespoon olive oil into the first step.


Use fresh basil not dried basil or it will not taste like La Madeleine’s.

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