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Applebee’s Tomato Basil Soup Recipe from fresh tomatoes.

Updated on August 13, 2011


I love going to Applebee’s and ordering their tomato basil soup. This recipe is identical to the original. It is also a good way to use up those tomatoes that you grew in your garden. It also goes perfect with a grilled cheese sandwich, and is delicious in any weather. Your kids wont turn this away. My family fights over leftovers every time I make this.


Applebee's Tomato Basil Soup Recipe from fresh tomatoes.


8 Homegrown Big Beefsteak tomatoes. (Store bought if you don’t have any homegrown)

5 ½ cups v-8 juice

½ large onion, finely chopped

2T minced garlic (fresh)

18 Fresh Basil Leaves (only fresh)

1tsp Italian Seasoning

1 ½ cups Heavy Whipping Cream

½ cup butter

3/4 jar of Spaghetti sauce. (Prefer the 5 cheese, but any flavor will work but no meat)

Salt pepper to taste

Garlic Croutons

Fresh grated Parmesan cheese.



1). Get a large stew pot and fill with water, and boil on the stove on medium heat.

Once boiling add your tomatoes to the boiling water. (We want to get the skins off the tomatoes). Boil for approx 8 Minutes- till the skins look as if they are loose. Once this happens drain the tomatoes; set aside; and discard the water. Turn off the burner and let the tomatoes cool.

2). Once they are cool to the touch, take the skin off the tomatoes; discard the skin; and chop the tomatoes. Make sure you place a kitchen towel under the cutting board when you cut up the tomatoes if you used home grown tomatoes. They will be very juicy when you cut them and this will help with the clean up.

3). Next add your chopped tomatoes back in the same pot, along with the v-8 juice. You want to simmer this on the stove over medium heat for approx 45 minutes. Continue to stir, and make sure you add a lid to the pot, so that cleanup is easier.

4). After it has simmered, add the finely chopped onion, garlic, fresh basil leaves, and seasoning. Let this cook for another 15 minutes to heat up those spices. After this is done puree the soup in a food processor or blender. You can also use a hand mixer here, just be careful not to make a mess. This gives the soup the same consistency, and is an important step.

5). Next add the spaghetti sauce. This is the secret ingredient in their recipe.

6). Cook this on low for approx 1 ½- 2 hours. You can also add this to a slow cooker if you like and cook it on low instead if it is easier. Make sure if it is on the stove that you continue to stir the pot, since sometimes on the stove it gets a little hotter that in the slow cooker.

7). After this time has elapsed slowly add the cream and butter. Make sure you do not boil the soup, and that it is on low. (Do not add the cream and butter to boiling soup- only low simmering).

Salt and pepper to taste, top the soup bowl with croutons, and sprinkle fresh parmesan cheese on top.

In Conclusion.

This Tomato Basil soup recipe is absolutely delicious. It tastes identical to Applebee’s, and if you use your own homegrown tomatoes you will not regret it. A melted grilled cheese sandwich will go perfectly with your scrumptious soup.

Check out my Homemade spaghetti sauce recipe. It gives detail instructions if you decide to jar your left over tomato soup. It is so simple to do, and will taste just like the 1st day you made it.


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      7 days ago

      How many does this recipe serve? And if I choose to use canned tomatoes how much would I need?

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      Amy Goldstein 

      5 years ago from Chesterfield

      I hope I got this to you in time..:)

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      5 years ago

      I'm trying yo find your homemade spagetti sauce recipe with instructions to jar left over soup. Would you mind directing me to it. I have your tomato basil soup recipe cooking on my stove right noe....sure does smell good. I can't wait to try it.

    • Obreinfamily profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy Goldstein 

      6 years ago from Chesterfield

      How did your soup turn out? I jar my remainder soup and eat it throughout the year because I love this soup so much.

    • platinumOwl4 profile image


      7 years ago

      This is a magnificent hub about Tomato soup. I will enjoy this soon. I will make enough for several days.

      Thanks for posting and don't stop with the exciting recipes.


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