Copycat La Madeleine Tomato Basil Soup
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: French
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Serves: 4-6 servings
This delicious, healthier copycat La Madeleine Tomato Basil Soup hits the spot (and comes together in a flash with no chopping!)
  • 4 cups canned crushed tomatoes (I use Pomi finely chopped)
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 2 cups chicken broth or bone broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt (if your tomatoes and broth are unsalted)
  • 10-12 medium-large basil leaves, roughly torn or chopped
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup heavy cream (original recipe calls for a full cup)
  1. Simmer the tomatoes, juice and broth (and salt if tomatoes/broth are unsalted) in a medium pot for 30 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Carefully pour half of the soup into a blender and add in the basil leaves. Pulse until the texture is a little smoother and the basil leaves are chopped and distributed throughout the soup. I prefer to keep a little texture in the soup so I don't blend it long, but you can blend it until it's totally smooth if you'd like. (See recipe notes if using an immersion blender.)
  3. Pour the blended soup back into the pot over low heat. Add in the butter and cream until heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy with salad and crusty bread!
If using an immersion blender, chop the basil leaves finer before adding them. Then blend to desired consistency.
Recipe by An Appetite for Joy at