Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

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creamy tomato soup in bowls

This creamy tomato basil soup recipe is very similar to the la madeliene soup.

It's simple to make with just a few ingredients.

You could use dried basil (about 2 or 3 teaspoons would be enough) as a substitute.

You will never open a can of soup again once you've tried this!

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can of tomatoes and pack of passata

Take a can of chopped plum tomatoes and a box of passata.

That is sieved tomato.

Empty them into a pan and let simmer for around 20 minutes

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Take a stick blender and whizz the soup smooth.

You then need cream, butter, basil and black pepper. How much you use depends on taste.

butter, cream, basil and black pepper
adding butter and cream to the pan

I add about 2 Tablespoons of butter and 2 of cream.

Season with black pepper and dried basil.

stirring through the cream
reheating the creamy tomato basil soup

Stir it through, reheat and then serve into dishes.

I like to add a dollop of cream on top as well.

Serve with some lovely crusty bread

creamy tomato basil soup in a bowl with a swirl of cream on top

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Tomato and Basil Soup

There are as many tomato soup recipes as there are days in a decade, I'm sure. 

This is one of the easiest I know and will yield you the equivalent of two and a half tins of bought canned soup for a fraction of the price. 

The butter or your regular spread, adds some depth of flavor to the finished soup and how much you add depends on taste. You can leave it out if you prefer, but I really like it. It's one of the last things to be added, so you can give it a taste beforehand and if you think the soup tastes amazing already, then leave it. Add some cream and season with salt and pepper to taste. I find that if I add butter, then I don't need any salt as the butter has a saltiness to it already.

Cream of course is optional and you can get a really fine tasting soup with just the passata, chopped tomatoes and basil. 

If you like your soups spicy, add a squeeze of chilli paste, a pinch or two of chilli powder or dried chillis. 

It makes a really good and inexpensive store cupboard meal with some crusty bread.

I often make up a flask of it to take out in the winter when we go out on walks - it's lovely to sit in cold with a steaming mug of soup and some bread.

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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup


Tomato Basil Soup

Super simple creamy tomato soup just like La Madeleine. Easy with step by step photos to help you.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4

Main Ingredient: basil, tomato

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