Meatless Lenten Recipe - Nordstrom's Bistro Cafe Tomato Basil Soup


tomato_basil_soupToday’s recipe is shared by Pat Padley, co-host of the terrific In Between Sunday’s podcast.

Nordstrom’s Bistro Cafe Tomato Basil Soup
Serves 12 to 14

Fr. Leo of Grace Before Meals suggests the following alteration to this recipe to make it meatless for Lent:  “May I suggest replacing the chicken stock with vegetable stock.  Using  a splash or two of soy sauce will give a similar depth as chicken broth.”

1/3 cup olive oil

5 carrots, peeled and chopped

1 large yellow onion, chopped

1 T fresh basil sliced

2 -28 oz cans diced Italian style tomatoes in puree

3 -32 oz boxes chicken broth (12.25 cups)

1 cup half and half

1 cup heavy cream

Kosher salt to taste

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

In a 6 to 8 quart saucepan over medium heat, warm the oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the carrots, onion and dried basil, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the tomatoes, including the puree and the broth, and bring to just a boil. Reduce the hear to low and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes to blend the flavors.  Remove from the heat. Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender or food processor fitted with a metal blade.  Return the pureed soup to the saucepan, add the cream and place over medium heat. Warm until heated through.  Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into a warmed soup tureen or individual bowls, garnish with the basil leaves and serve immediately.

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. Thanks St. Michael – we've posted Fr. Leo's suggested revision to fix that problem. Appreciate your reminder!

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