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Applebee's Tomato Basil Soup

By Todd Wilbur


Score: 4.74. Votes: 38
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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.

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  • 1/2 cup minced white onion
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Jade
May 28, 2016, 22:00

I've made the recipe as written and tweaked it and both versions are good. This last time I used a small beet* instead of the sugar. Didn't notice much, if any, difference in taste. Bit more healthy then sugar. *diced small, added with the onions and garlic. Make sure to blend the soup thoroughly. I didn't even bother taking the skin off the beet and I didn't notice any differences in texture but your mileage may vary.

Donna
Dec 7, 2015, 23:00

I made this soup yummy. I did not use any sugar. Instead I used 4 carrots (for their sweetness) and diced them and sauted them for 5 minutes along with the onion and garlic before adding the rest of the ingredients.

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