By Babs in Toyland on July 29, 2002
Photo by Caroline Cooks
Photo by Caroline Cooks
"I really love the Tomato Basil soup from La Madeleine but it has a lot of butter and cream in it and this sounded like a healthier alternative. I got the recipe from the grocery store where I shop."
Serving Size: 1 (482 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 3
"Oops almost forgot to rate this! I made this last week for dinner. Comes together very easily on a working weeknight. The only thing I changed was adding another clove of garlic. Really enjoyed this. I did use an immersion blender, but left some chunks of tomato in it. I thought it was even better the next day for lunch."
"Very easy soup to make - the only thing I would say is to make sure you use the amount of basil recommended in the recipe - I didn't have the much and the basil flavor wasn't there. Think that next time I will use my immersion blend to make it smoother."
"This is my go-to soup. I am doing my best to eat healthier and I find that if I make a double batch of this, it feeds me for lunch and dinner for over a week. It would nbe needless to say I don't make the cheese toast. I love the combination of flavors and have shared this with friends and neighbors alike. I have also sent the link to friends that have heard me rave about it. Thanks for posting this."
"Loved this soup! Simple, easy, and delicious. I did add a little bit extra oil and salt but that was it. We paired it with a fresh green salad - yum!"
"I was looking for a lower calorie alternative to my favorite creamy tomato-basil soup from La Madeleine, and this was a great alternative! However, I thought it was too thick with just 14 oz of broth so I poured the entire 32 oz carton and it suited my taste just a little better."
"Wonderful soup! I do love La Madeleine's but, like you wanted to cut the calories. Just right, Babs! Thanks for posting."
"I decided to look online for a homemade tomato-basil soup recipe, nervously, as I had planned to make dinner for my parents and wanted it to be, of course, very good. I was more than pleased with this recipe, and it was a hit with my dear folks, thankfully:) We enjoyed a lovely salad and a nice sauvignon blanc with this soup. I personalized this recipe by adding a bit of cooking sherry, a hint of tarragon, and smoothed the soup's texture with a blender wand. The cheese toasts complement the soup well. I floated the bread toast in each bowl of soup before serving which adds a lovely texture and flavor to the soup. Thank you for posting this delightful recipe. Cheers!"
"This is a very good tomato soup, and the basil and garlic add a lot of flavor."
"I really don't like tomato soup but this was really good. Much better then canned. I never made homemade tomato soup before. The family really liked this though! DH requested tomato soup and grilled cheese. I used dried basil (what I had on hand). Turned out great would probably even be better with fresh basil. I made homemade baguette using Recipe #293120 . I didn't have Italian cheese blend so just used medium cheddar cheese. I put a little bit of garlic on the bread then the cheese. It was very tasty. The Cheese toast went well with the soup. The whole family really liked this and would make again. Thanks!"
"This is a really good low calorie soup. I added a teaspoon of salt, personal preference and used butter to saute the garlic and onions. Very yummy! I floated a cheese toast on the soup (kinda like french onion soup) :)"
"Thank you so much for this delicious soup. We loved it. I used tomato juice instead of chicken broth, so I added a teaspoon of sugar to cut the acidity. And a pinch of red pepper flakes for heat."
"Very good, better than canned soup. I will use fresh tomatoes from the garden (when they ripen) next time. I did not make the cheese toasts, I just served it with french bread. Thanks Babs!"
"it is very good.. very easy..thank you for sharing"
"Yum! I hate canned tomato soups so I've always wanted to try making my own tomato soup that isn't sweet. Am I ever lucky that I found yours! My husband and I have made this twice already. It will surely become a favorite around our house. I only made a few minor changes. I added 1 extra garlic, and some extra salt to cater to our tastes. I also didn't have fresh basil, so I used 1/4 cup dried. It turned out wonderfully. If you're looking for a low fat creamy version, one of the times we added fat free half and half, and it was so tasty, too. Thank you for sharing! "
"This was delicious. My 4 year old son loved it! I pureed it with my immersion blender and added lots of fresh ground pepper to mine. The cheese toast is the perfect compliment - I also spread mine with goat cheese. Yum!"
"Wow Babs, great soup. I can hardly wait for this summer, and fresh tomatoes from my garden. The only thing I changed is that I didn't add any salt. I will absolutely make this again! Thank you."