I know it’s been passed around the Net umpteen times, but today I had a craving for La Madeleine’s delightfully sinful Tomato Basil Soup and decided to once again share this creamy goodness with my foodie friends. I had no idea how easy their recipe was – which led me to wonder why they charge so much by the bowl – and even more by the jar at the store! The following recipe makes a little less than 3 quarts – it cooked nicely in about 45 minutes in my All-Clad Copper Core. For a little extra flavor, I grated some Himalayan pink salt over the mixture.
For anyone that wants a diet splurge on the cheap, here’s the recipe for La Madeleine’s famous soup!
4 cups petite diced tomatoes
4 cups tomato juice
1 bunch fresh basil
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper
1 – Combine tomatoes and juice in pot over medium/low heat and simmer for 30 minutes
2 – Add basil, and using either an immersion blender (in the pot) or food processor/blender (in batches), blend until smooth
3 – Return puree to pot, add butter, cream, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook until flavors are combined and butter is melted (approx 30 minutes)
At the end, this recipe made a full batch of soup for under $10. One jar (1.5 servings) of La Madeleine soup at the store? $5 . A wonderful splurge for those on a budget! Au Revoir!