National Soup Month: Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Hey y’all, did you know it was National Soup Month?! 

Yeah, me neither.  Until I Googled “January holidays,” of course.

Full disclosure:  I like to plan my blog posts a month at a time.  Yes, sometimes something comes up and I change my original course, but typically I stick to the calendar.  Hoping to fill a few slots in January’s plan, I Googled “January holidays” and found this website.  There are the more obvious New Year’s Day and MLK, Jr. Day, but there are also the more obscure (and mostly un-celebrated) Fruitcake Toss Day (January 3rd),  Houseplant Appreciation Day (January 10th), and Bubble Bath Day (January 8th), as well as MANY others.  One of my fave finds was National Soup Month!

(January is also host to National Bath Safety Month, National Blood Donor Month, National Braille Literacy Month, National Hobby Month, Hot Tea Month, and National Oatmeal Month… in case you were curious.)

The excitement of this find was further reinforced by the fact that on the day I found it, the wind chill in Brooklyn was about 6 degrees.

Yeah, we ALL needed some soup.

So, I decided I would observe said holiday and introduce you to some tried, tested, and GPP-approved soup recipes!

Today’s recipe is sort of a copycat version of La Madeleine’s tomato soup.  It’s not necessarily their exact recipe, but darn close and absolutely delicious.  It is also very affordable to make, and because of the dairy products in it, is is very filling on its own (but feel free to add the obligatory peanut butter crackers or grilled cheese sandwich, if you want!).  You can substitute half and half for the heavy cream, but definitely expect a big difference in taste and consistency (read: not nearly as good).

I’ve made it into a 4″ X 6″ recipe card for your Pinning or printing pleasure.  Hope you enjoy!

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

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