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    TSR Version of Applebees Tomato Basil Soup by Todd WIlbur

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    1 hr 15 mins

    5 mins

    1 hr 10 mins

    JanetB-KY's Note:

    From 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! :-)

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    1. 1
      Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and then add onion and garlic.
    2. 2
      Saute for about 1 minute.
    3. 3
      Add crushed tomatoes and chicken broth and bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
    4. 4
      Turn off the heat and let mixture cool, uncovered, for 30 minutes or so.
    5. 5
      You can let it sit for as long as an hour, if you like.
    6. 6
      Pour approximately half of the tomato mixture into a blender.
    7. 7
      Put the lid on the blender and hold it down with a dish towel.
    8. 8
      Mixture may still be hot and you don't want the lid of the blender to pop off.
    9. 9
      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.
    10. 10
      Pour all of the pureed tomato mixture back into the saucepan and then add the remaining ingredients.
    11. 11
      Bring the soup back up to a bubble then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
    12. 12
      Serve approximately one cup of soup with a garnish of 3 or 4 croutons on top and a sprinkling of shredded Parmesan cheese.
    13. 13
      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.

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    • on October 17, 2011


      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.

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    Nutritional Facts for TSR Version of Applebees Tomato Basil Soup by Todd WIlbur

    Serving Size: 1 (446 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 263.5
    Calories from Fat 119
    Total Fat 13.2 g
    Saturated Fat 7.2 g
    Cholesterol 40.7 mg
    Sodium 831.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 33.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.3 g
    Sugars 12.0 g
    Protein 7.6 g

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