Tomato Bisque Recipe

I became a bit addicted to tomato bisque over the winter.  I bought a quart once a week from the soup market by my house.  For a quart of soup with bread, I spent $14.  “This is outrageous!”  I thought.  “I know I can make a soup that’s delicious and cheaper than this!!

After several attempts, this is what I wound up with.  It’s crazy cheap to make and very simple too.  I make a big batch but it is easy to cut this recipe in half.

Chop up a small/medium onion, 2 celery stalks, and 2 large carrots119

Put a dash of olive oil in a frying pan and cook up the veggies (just a few minutes)120

Dice or press 2 cloves of garlic.  Add ’em in. and stir.

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Transfer the veggies from a frying pan to a soup pot.

Add two large cans of diced tomatoes.

(you can choose seasoned tomatoes, you can add a can of tomato paste… play with it!)

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Add some vegetable stock

(mine is homemade.  It costs nothing to make and I will post the recipe soon)

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Time for spices.  Mix it up.  I always use basil, oregano, and crushed red pepper.  I find that adding heat takes away the need for sugar in this recipe.  You can also add hot sauce, rosemary, thyme.  Put in things you like.124

Stir…125

And stir…126

I let this cook for a while- maybe 15 minutes from the time I add the broth until the time I blend it.  If it’s too thick, I add more broth.  If not, I’m ready to blend.  Immersion blenders are the soup-maker’s best friend.  Buy one with a fun handle if you don’t have one yet.  127

Blend it up.
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Til the veggie chunks are all gone…
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And now for the naughty part.  Add cream.  Use all of the smallest container in the grocery store or use half of a big container.130

Blend again.131

Time to eat!  The veggies add so much flavor but they’re all disguised in tomato goodness.  132

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2 responses to “Tomato Bisque Recipe

  1. Wow, Anna, great pix. I have to try this!

  2. PS I tried to “like” this posting, but WordPress wouldn’t let me – I swear I’ve opened an account with them in the past. They don’t recognize me.

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