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Applebee's Tomato Basil Soup Recipe
Applebee's Tomato Basil Soup
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Soup
Calories: 85
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.8 (21 reviews)
Menu Description: "A tasty twist on a family favorite. Red, ripe tomatoes slowly simmered in a rich cream sauce and seasoned with basil and select herbs."

This easy recipe requires two large cans of crushed tomatoes, and your soup will still have the impressive taste and texture of gourmet tomato bisque requiring fresh tomatoes and more work. You may notice that the large amount of basil used here contributes an overwhelming flavor and aroma when first added, but as the soup simmers the herb mellows to create the perfect clone of the original. And there's no need to make croutons from scratch for the garnish when you can buy lightly seasoned packaged croutons in just about any market.

Source: "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3" by Todd Wilbur.

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup minced white onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes
3 cups chicken broth
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup minced fresh basil
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

seasoned croutons
shredded parmesan cheese

1. Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, and then add onion and garlic. Saute for about 1 minute. Add crushed tomatoes and chicken broth, and bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and let mixture cool, uncovered, for 30 minutes or so. You can let it sit for as long as an hour, if you like.

2. Pour approximately half of the tomato mixture into a blender. Put the lid on the blender and hold it down with a dish towel. Mixture may still be hot and you don't want the lid of the blender to pop off. 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.

3. Pour all of the pureed tomato mixture back into the saucepan, and then add the remaining ingredients. Bring the soup back up to a bubble then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve approximately one cup of soup with a garnish of 3 or 4 croutons on top and a sprinkling of shredded parmesan cheese.

Makes 6 servings.

Submitted on: 04/07/14
Amazing soup! Used pureed tomatoes instead. My husband likes to throw some elbow noodles in it instead of croutons. It's a great meal with or without the noodles!
Too sweet
Submitted on: 03/14/14
I thought 1/3 sugar seemed too much but I followed the recipe anyway and it was like eating dessert. It was horrible!
Kat Carter  
Submitted on: 02/15/14
This soup is amazing! Very flavourful and delicious. Next time I would add a bit less sugar. Used low sodium broth and omitted the salt from the recipe, plus used crushed tomatoes with herbs.
Submitted on: 01/22/14
This soup is outstanding/used for a ladies lunch they all wanted recipe
Submitted on: 12/24/13
My first time making it and I feel in love with it....Family loves it too
Submitted on: 12/09/13
Great recipe... I added a drizzle of balsamic reduction to each bowl for a little personal touch.
Perfect comfort classic!!
Submitted on: 12/04/13
Made this soup for my family and served with grilled cheese on Texas toast. Absolutely delicious!! Great Tomato Basil soup!
Excellent recipe
Submitted on: 12/02/13
I love this soup !! Its delicious and very easy to make .
Submitted on: 11/21/13
Used all fresh ingredients from the garden.... Amazing...
Submitted on: 11/15/13
Awesome recipe! I amazed myself that I could make such a fabulous soup...changed a little used cilantro instead of parsley and added much more basil all in all was phenomenal !
Tomato Basil Soup
Teri T  
Submitted on: 10/06/13
I was in the middle of making my own version, trying to use my gardens harvest. I came across this recepie and tweaked it a bit to match and voila! The BEST I have had. Perfect with a slice of homemade bread fresh from the oven!
Submitted on: 09/29/13
This recipe is amazing! I have been looking for a good tomato soup recipe and this is the one. I served this for dinner on a Saturday night with a wedge salad and it was a big hit. The next day I made meatloaf for dinner as used this soup on top of the meatloaf as well as replaced the tomato gravy for the masked potatoes with this soup. Again, a big hit with the family! If you love tomato soup this is a must try recipe. It is a keeper!!! Thank you Todd for sharing!!! :)
Submitted on: 08/27/13
not really big on tomato soup but this was WONDERFUL
Applebee's tomatoe Soup
Mr Blaine  
Submitted on: 08/11/13
It was freakin awesome soup
Applebee's Tomato Basil Soup
Rachelle Foster  
Submitted on: 01/24/13
Wow. We absolutely loved it! Thank you!
Submitted on: 01/05/13
I'm embarrassed to say I wanted to lick the bowl! This is a winner! I've been trying different recipes for months! FINALLY, I found a winner!
Submitted on: 11/07/09
This was the best soup I've ever made. It was even better when it was reheated. Make sure you use fresh not dried ingredients.
Sue M  
Submitted on: 01/01/09
I found it a little too sweet the first time. I left out the sugar the next time and thought it was better.
Submitted on: 06/05/08
Fantastic and easy. I even omitted the blenderizing part and it came out awesome. Really delicious.
Submitted on: 11/28/07
This is a very good copy of Applebee's soup! It tastes just like the original!! I just love it!
Kathy W  
Submitted on: 10/24/07
I give this soup a 10. It is outstanding