Hot Tomato Soup

Hot Tomato Soup

When the temperature drops and the days become shorter few things taste as good to me as hot homemade soup, particularly when I've been working outside.

A few years ago a friend gave me a recipe from a famous French restaurant for a robust tomato soup. And it's the best I've ever had.


Pour the tomatoes into a large saucepan along with four cups of tomato juice. And let this simmer for about 30 minutes.

Add the basil to the tomato mixture and pour into a blender and blend until smooth.

Return the soup to the pan and add one stick of unsalted butter, one cup of whipping cream, and about a fourth of a teaspoon of cracked pepper and salt to taste.

Now just heat the soup through, allowing the butter to melt. Stir frequently and it will be ready in a few minutes.

Ladle into a large bowl and serve with crusty bread or crackers.


Time to prepare: 50 minutes.

Serves 4.


  • flowergirl2100 says:

    When do you use the fresh basil?

    November 26, 2012 02:15pm

  • Cheryleo says:

    I'm not surprised this is the best tasting tomato soup Allen has ever had. Anything would be good with that much butter & cream. I would make this if I was having company & trying to impress but for myself I need something much lighter.

    December 13, 2011 12:17pm

  • says:

    All recipes from P.Allen are very good; this one promises to be just ad delicious; pray for a cold snap in Miami, Fl soon. I made vanilla extract from P.Allen's recipe some time back and give it to friends and neighbors for Xmas, they love it, I do too.

    December 12, 2011 02:42pm

  • says:

    Thank you, P. Allen Smith so much for this recipe. I love Tomatoe Soup. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    December 12, 2011 01:24pm

  • says:

    You would never get the same delicious taste that you get from fresh tomatoes. No comparison. Go fresh.

    December 12, 2011 01:21pm

  • ruthclausen says:

    I don't see why canned toms wouldn't work, and use the juice as part of the tomato juice in the recipe.

    December 12, 2011 01:06pm

  • Granjan says:

    Allen, do we use both fresh and dried basil? Wonder if canned tomatoes would work?

    December 12, 2011 12:46pm

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