Basil Onion Cream Soup Recipe

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My father-in-law introduced me to this soup. It's simple to make, yet it looks so elegant when served in a shallow soup bowl with a side of crusty bread. It dresses up any meal, and it's always my first choice when I am making a special dinner for friends or family. —Melissa Koehler, Wausau, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh basil or 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large saucepan, saute onions in butter and oil. Stir in flour until blended; gradually add broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in cream and basil. Season with salt and pepper. Heat through. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Basil-Onion Cream Soup in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2012, p149

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