Southern Soup Craving

Submitted by Christi

I had some tomato soup for lunch today. As I was eating it, I was reminded of how much I loved the tomato basil soup at la Madeleine.  Oooh, it is so good. It is thick and creamy and so, so yummy. Just what is needed on a rainy fall day.

La Madeleine has 60 locations in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Atlanta, Washington D.C. and surrounding areas.

Well, I don’t live near a la Madeline’s anymore, so I had to go looking for a copy cat recipe. Here is the recipe I found from several sites. They all refer to the same source, the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

La Madeleine Tomato Basil Soup


1 hour | 15 min prep


* 4 cups fresh tomatoes, cored, peeled, and chopped (8-10) or canned whole tomatoes, crushed
* 4 cups tomato juice (or part vegetable or part chicken stock)
* 12-14 basil leaves, washed fresh
* 1 cup heavy cream
* 1/4 lb sweet unsalted butter
* salt
* 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
* lemon juice (optional)

1. Combine tomatoes, juice/and or stock in saucepan.
2. Simmer 30 minutes.
3. Puree, along with the basil leaves, in small batches, in blender, food processor. Return to saucepan and add cream and butter, while stirring, over low heat. Garnish with basil leaves and serve with your favorite bread.

Excerpted from an article by Beverly Bundy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram around May 20. 1994.

She wrote, “Once a year, in January I run a column of our most requested recipes — This year, that column included the recipe for La Madeleine’s popular tomato basil soup. I continue to get at least 10 calls a week asking for the recipe. So here it is, once again — “.

Wish the basil in my garden was still growing. I may have to start a pot indoors.

Pair this with a grilled cheese sandwich and you have got yourself a winner!

Now, if I could just get Daddy Jack’s Clam Chowder recipe, I could be in soup heaven.

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Today’s Lagniappe:  la Madeleine’s Country Potato Soup
While I was looking for the tomato basil soup recipe, I found this recipe for another great la Madeleine soup.

1/8 cup unsalted butter
2 leeks, thinly sliced
1 large yellow onion, sliced
1 1/2 qt. chicken stock
4 large peeled potatoes, sliced evenly in 1/4 inch slides
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 cup bacon cooked and diced
salt to taste

In a large saucepan, add butter, leeks and onions, and cook.
(Do not brown vegetables.) Add chicken stock, potatoes, salt and fresh thyme.
Cook for 40 minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently to avoid scorching.
Add cream, bring to a boil and serve hot.
Garnish with Cheddar cheese and diced bacon.

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10 Responses to “Southern Soup Craving”

  1. Amy at The Red Chair Blog Says:

    This looks delicious! Tomato soup and grilled cheese was one of my favorite childhood combinations and is still a great go-to combo!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hello!


  2. NM Says:

    Thanks for posting the recipes for these yummy soups. I will definitely have to try this restaurant next time we visit the States!
    Bets wishes, NM.

  3. Marty Says:

    Oh, this sounds so good. I will have to try it. Always such fun to find a really good new recipe. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such gracious comments. I really appreciate the visit. Hugs, Marty

  4. Yvonne Says:

    Oh, Christi, a 2 for 1! I love both soups. I have jarred tomatoes from my garden so I think I’ll make that soup right away. Yummy.
    by the way- I appreciate all your Lagniappe’s you give. I needed to know what exactly a Lagniappe was so I looked it up on I can even pronuonce it. I must be southern at heart!!! Thank you- it is a little extra gift.
    Love your blog!

  5. ButterYum Says:

    I’ve made this soup many times…. it’s just about as good as them come!


  6. Nancy Says:

    Oooh, I wish I had this recipe when I had lots of tomatoes in the garden! Sounds great and I will have to try it!

  7. Mary Says:

    This soup sounds so good. Tomato soup is a great restorative.

  8. [email protected] Says:

    I love the taste of basil in a soup.

  9. Bobbie Says:

    You’ve now given me an overwhelming desire to go to La M. for lunch next week and reminded me how lucky I am to have one down the road!

  10. Christi from Charm & Grace Says:

    I want some of that Tomato Basil soup, and I want it now! Seriously, it sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing that recipe. Making my list….


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