Tomato Basil Bisque is a lusciously decadent soup bursting with big tomato flavor and, of course, plenty of fresh basil. Is there a more comforting soup?
We are entering the full swing of fresh tomato season and afterward, we continue our march towards the embrace of Old Man Winter. In other words, it is tomato basil bisque season. It is probably one of my favorite soups in my repertoire. My Tomato Basil Bisque boasts big tomato flavors along with fresh basil and the luxurious taste of butter. What else would be better to sop up with a hearty loaf of bread on as cooler weather approaches?
Not only is this one of my favorite tasting soups, it is dead simple to prepare. Most of the prep time is spent opening up a few canned goods, and chopping fresh basil. That doesn't sound too hard does it?
Should I Use Fresh Tomatoes in Soup?
Did I just say "canned goods"? Yes, canned tomatoes will typically be more flavorful than the tomatoes purchased in your grocery store's produce department. Those tomatoes are typically picked green, preventing full flavor development, then gased to trick the unripe tomato into ripening red.
My exception to this rule is if you have freshly picked tomatoes from your own garden or the farmer's market. You can substitute these for canned tomatoes and expect superior results.
What is a Bisque
A bisque is a thick and creamy soup often fortified with cream, creating a more luxurious mouthfeel than thinner soup broth. This tomato basil bisque is thickened with butter and whipping cream.
How to Make Tomato Basil Bisque
Tomato basil bisque is a very easy soup to make. The tomatoes and chicken broth simply need to be heated in a medium saucepan, and then the remaining ingredients can be added. Just be careful not to boil the soup with the cream added because you don't want to risk it curdling. If you like a thinner soup you can puree the tomatoes with a stick blender for a more silky soup. However, I enjoy the added texture of crushed tomatoes.
Optional garnishes for tomato basil bisque include feta cheese or croutons.
What to Eat with Tomato Basil Bisque
Any Tomato basil bisque is infinitely better with something to dunk into it. A simple loaf of crusty bread, like a French baguette, would do the trick, but a gourmet sandwich would be even better. My recommendation would be my Gourmet Grilled Cheese with Bacon. However, my Roast Pork Sandwich would pair nicely too.
Tomato Basil Bisque
- 56 oz canned Crushed Tomatoes
- 14.5 oz Chicken Broth
- 18 leaves Fresh Basil (minced)
- 1 cup Whipping Cream
- 4 tablespoons Butter
- 1 teaspoon Sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon Red Pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- Bring broth and tomatoes to a boil.
- Cover and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add remaining ingredients and cook until butter is melted, do not boil.
- Serve and enjoy.
This recipe was originally published on FoxValleyFoodie.com October 8, 2015.
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