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Soup and Salad La Madeline style

December 1st, 2006 at 02:06 am

When I lived in the city, (aka: when I spent a lot of money) one of my favorite quick places to eat was
La Madeline . In particular, I enjoyed the Tomato Basil Soup…


(photo from La Madeline web site)

...at least until I saw that a serving was 290 kcal and 28g fat (not to mention it a bowl costs something like $6).

Tonight I made a pretty good copy cat of the soup. Although I don’t know the exact nutritional breakdown of my recipe, the only fat I added was 2 tsp olive oil to the bottom of the pot. I can’t imagine the cost of this home made version tops $3.00, and it probably contains ~ 5 cups soup.



Here's the recipe:
2 tsp olive oil
1 medium onion
1 clove garlic
2 TBS flour
1 26-oz can tomatoes in puree
8 oz vegetable broth
˝ cup fat free half & half
fresh basil, chopped
sprinkle dried thyme
splash balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in deep pot, add chopped onion and garlic. Sauté until onions translucent. Add in flour, cook ~ 1 minute. Add remainder of ingredients expect half & half. Bring to boil, simmer 15 minutes. Puree with immersion blender or traditional blender. Add in half & half, stir and eat!

On the financial front: Today was a no spend day plus I earned $10 on an ING referral. Love the free $$!!

6 Responses to “Soup and Salad La Madeline style”

  1. yummy64 Says:

    That soup looks delicious!

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    I think yours looks much better than theirs. Theirs looks a little... nauseating, in spite of the pretty cup. Yours looks delicious and much smoother.

  3. Carolina Bound Says:

    Sounds yummy. I'll save the recipe and try it out. Very healthy, too! All those antioxidants in the tomatoes....

  4. fern Says:

    I suspect they must've added a bit of cream to make it less red and more pink in color, and that would account for the fat content.

  5. threebeansalad Says:

    Fern-- I'm SURE they used cream. My recipe uses fat free half & half. I've found this works as a good substitue for real cream. I will admit it's not a perfect replacement for full fat cream, but it does allows me to enjoy the dish in good conscious!

  6. fairy74 Says:

    Looks yummy!

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