La Madeleine's tomato basil soup is an easy-to-make classic, made with a blend of tomatoes, butter, cream and basil. La Madeleine's Pinterest page features a number of recipes inspired by popular items from their menu, including creamy chicken pesto pasta and country potato soup.
To make tomato basil soup, simmer 4 cups of peeled and chopped tomatoes with 4 cups of tomato juice for 30 minutes. Puree the tomatoes with a dozen basil leaves. Then, return the mixture to the saucepan. Add 1 cup of cream, 1/4 cup of butter, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir over low heat until well-combined.
For the country potato soup, cook 2 leeks and 1 large, sliced onion in 1/8 cup of butter until soft. Then, add 1 1/2 quarts of chicken stock, 2 sprigs of thyme and 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slides. Simmer for 40 minutes over medium heat, stirring the soup regularly. Add 1/2 cup of heavy cream and salt to taste. Bring to a boil. Serve in bowls, garnished with cheddar cheese and diced bacon.
To make La Madeleine's creamy chicken pesto pasta, sauté a chicken breast and cook 1/2 pound of Farfalle pasta. Remove the chicken from the pan, and add 1 tablespoon butter, 1/2 teaspoon flour and 2 chopped cloves of garlic. Stir until the mixture bubbles, and let it cook for 1 minute. Add 1 1/2 cups of milk and stir until blended. Whisk 2 tablespoons of pesto into the sauce, and bring it to a boil. Toss the chicken and pasta into the sauce. Garnish with freshly diced tomato and basil leaves.