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Cream of Basil Soup

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Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


8 servings

I really enjoy creating my own recipes. This one evolved one afternoon when I had an abundance of basil in my garden. I serve it to the ladies' reading club, and everyone wanted the recipe!—Aida Von Babbel, Coquitlam, British Columbia


  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • White pepper to taste
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  1. In a saucepan, simmer broth and basil, uncovered, for 15 minutes. In another saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour and pepper until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; gradually stir in broth and sour cream (do not boil).

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  • DoggieMom2
    Jun 29, 2013

    I made this soup after receiving an abundance of fresh basil from a friend. I didn't have the exact ingredients the recipe called for. Mine could be called a lighter version. I used unsalted butter, 1% milk and light sour cream. It still turned out fabulous! I would def make this again.

  • pettymama
    Jun 7, 2012

    This made a perfect match served with a tomato basil grilled cheese. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this soup.