Recipe by JanetB-KY
From www.TopSecretRecipes.com This is a copycat (from Top Secret recipes) recipe of Applebees Creamy Tomato Basil soup. My whole family loved it when I made it, even my non tomato soup loving son. I would suggest NOT trying to sub dried Basil in this recipe as it depends on the flavor of the real basil for it's "spark". I used the kind you can get in a tube in the produce section. This is extraordinarily easy to make and makes enough for a full family dinner. We served it along side Paninis and it was a great meal! :-)
Top Review by JLGriffith
Made this tonight, and it is FANTASTIC; tastes EXACTLY like Applebee's Tomato Basil soup. Only changes I made: 5tsp dried basil for the fresh, and 2/3tsp dried parsley for the fresh as well. I also cut the sugar in half, just to make certain that the soup didn't become over-sweetened. About 1/6c of sugar worked quite well, and the soup didn't taste like candy. Absolutely LOVED it.
Sidenote: I used Food Lion brand crushed tomatoes, and there was no metallic aftertaste.
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1⁄2 cup minced white onion
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 (28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 3⁄4 cup heavy cream
- 1⁄3 cup minced fresh basil (I used the squeeze basil found in the produce section)
- 1⁄3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- seasoned croutons
- parmesan cheese
Directions See How It's Made
- Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and then add onion and garlic.
- Saute for about 1 minute.
- Add crushed tomatoes and chicken broth and bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and let mixture cool, uncovered, for 30 minutes or so.
- You can let it sit for as long as an hour, if you like.
- Pour approximately half of the tomato mixture into a blender.
- Put the lid on the blender and hold it down with a dish towel.
- Mixture may still be hot and you don't want the lid of the blender to pop off.
- Blend on high speed for about a minute, pour the mixture into a large bowl or pitcher, then add the rest of the mixture to the blender and blend on high speed for a minute.
- Pour all of the pureed tomato mixture back into the saucepan and then add the remaining ingredients.
- Bring the soup back up to a bubble then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Serve approximately one cup of soup with a garnish of 3 or 4 croutons on top and a sprinkling of shredded Parmesan cheese.
- Note- Be careful of what brand of canned tomatoes you use. Use one you know is good. I have made this twice now and when I used the Kroger brand tomatoes, it was excellent. When I used a name brand, it actually had a rather metallic taste to it from the canned tomatoes so be aware of the flavor of what you use in this since the tomatoes are the prominent flavor.