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Creamed Tomato Bisque in a Bread Bowl
by Susanne (Your Sus Chef)
This is one of those recipes I would beg my mom to make and when I went off to college she made me a big batch in small containers and I froze it in my little mini dorm fridge and would heat it up for a little taste of home.
Warning- it calls for a LOT of cream, if making it for a party or special occasion, cut loose and use it ALL.
If for a weeknight or trying to be good I would just use 1/2-3/4 cup cream to cut some of the calories.
It’s fun to make a big batch & serve it in bread bowls for a party (or if you don’t make it to the store for fresh bread bowls you could always use oversized mugs).
This soups that warms you up from the inside out- perfect for a cold winter’s day. Don’t skip the seasonings at the end, they make for a magical-can’t-quite-put-your-finger-on-it-but-it-tastes-SOOO-good finish...
1/4 lb butter
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/3 cup all purpose flour
2 (1 lb 12oz) cans whole tomatoes, drained & chopped
2 tsp sugar
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 bay leaf (fresh is best but can be hard to find)
4 cups chicken broth
1 pint whipping cream (2 cups)
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp white pepper
salt to taste
8 Bread Bowls (buy fresh from your grocery store or fave bakery the day of & ask them to cut out the center for you)
Melt butter in a large saucepan. Saute celery, onion & carrots until tender. Stir in flour. Cook 2 mins, stirring constantly. Add tomatoes, sugar, basil, marjoram, bay leaf & chicken broth. Simmer 30 mins, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaf.
Puree 1/3 of the mixture at a time in a blender. Add cream, paprika, curry powder & white pepper. Stir to blend. Add salt to taste. Serve hot or cold.
May be refrigerated several days or frozen.
P.S. My mom gave this recipe to me years ago- I think it’s adapted from an old Martha Stewart Mag
P.P.S.- Technically a “bisque” uses shellfish & cream but doesn’t it sound SO much more special than a “soup”?