Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs
I experimented and utilized several versions to come up with this recipe. It is widely enjoyed by family and neighbors. I use only Muir Glen tomatoes because they are so rich and thick.
- 1⁄2 cup celery, chopped
- 3⁄4 cup onion, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup carrot, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 28 ounces muir glen diced tomatoes
- 24 ounces v- 8 vegetable juice
- 6 ounces muir glen tomato paste
- 28 ounces muir glen crushed tomatoes
- 16 ounces muir glen tomatoes
- 16 ounces chicken broth
- kosher salt
- crushed pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 -3 tablespoons fresh basil, snipped
- 1 pint light cream or 1 pint half-and-half cream or 1 pint fat-free half-and-half
- 2 -3 ounces heavy cream (optional)
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- Saute the veggies in butter and olive oil combo until softened. Add tomato ingredients and spices. Simmer for 3 to 6 hours. Adjust thickness with more chicken broth or tomatoes.
- About 5-10 minutes before serving, add the cream and cream cheese.
This is a phenomenal recipe and SO easy to make! My husband and I can not stand watery tomato basil bisque and this over exceeded our expectations! I'm no photographer but I needed to take a photo to show how great it is! I also added a 1/4 cup of sugar to my recipe just to cut the acidity a little and a little tip if you LOVE the tomatoey taste of the soup and less cream I use Amore all natural tomato paste it's only 4.5 oz but its double concentrated and really packs a punch to your taste buds! I am also a basil lover so I doubled even tripled my basil but this is a great outline that you can tweak to how you bet enjoy tomato basil bisque. Happy cooking!
Restaurant quality! Very, very good. Lots of vitamin C! I added some sugar (1/4) cup to cut the acidity a bit. The baking soda helps also with that. Enjoy!