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A great tomato soup recipe for cold days

Last week was really cold and snowy here in Michigan. Soup weather, right?

I have a number of recipes on my list for next year that I’m determined to master. I’ve never made homemade tomato soup so I thought I would give it a try. It turned out wonderful but the recipe called for two cans of tomatoes. I thought, “Wait a minute. Canned tomatoes for homemade tomato soup? That doesn’t make any sense at all.”

However, this seemed like a good first recipe and as luck would have it, I had a homemade canned jar of tomatoes that my daughter-in-law gave me in the fall. No extra salt or preservatives. So while I followed this recipe, I was able to cut out one of the cans. Also, the recipe doesn’t call for blending the soup to eliminate the chunks. I decided I wanted it semi-chunky so I blended about three-quarters of the soup before serving.

homemade tomato soup

homemade tomato soup

homemade tomato soup

We have a wonderful cheese/specialty vinegar and oil, store in our town called “The Cheese Lady.” I have a number of her vinaigrettes and I use them on just about everything. In fact, the last time I was there, it was suggested I try and splash some of the tablespoons of vinegar in sparkling water for a refreshing drink. I haven’t tried it yet but I have the sparkling water and am going to give it a try. I think it might be good.

She has since franchised her business and there are three other stores in Michigan. Ours is the flagship store. I love it and there’s kind of a neat story behind her success.

We have a great farmer’s market and for years the owner had a stall where she sold her cheese out of the back of a truck. She was nicknamed, “The Cheese Lady” by her customers. She sold her cheese that way for many, many years and then about five years ago she opened a store and it was an immediate success. Anyway, the cheese you see on the French bread above is a blue /goat cheese  mixture that is to die for. It was a great combo.

Copycat Panera Tomato Basil Soup. This is pretty much the BEST soup I have ever eaten!


Copycat Panera Creamy Tomato Basil Soup Recipe

author kimber


  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp crushed garlic
  • 1 14 oz can chicken broth {or 2 cups}
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 15-20 Basil leaves, chopped


  1. Combine the tomatoes, broth, and garlic bring to a boil and let boil for 10 minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the sugar and butter and mix until they are dissolved, melted and well combined.
  3. Very slowly pour in the heavy cream while simultaneously stirring until all the cream is combined and the soup is creamy.
  4. Stir in the basil.
  5. I like to serve it hot garnished with a dollop of pesto and freshly grated parmesan cheese!


I forgot to take a picture of the soup garnished with the cheese and basil leaf but I did that as well.

God bless and have a good day.


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