Tomato Bisque

This evening we had an etiquette night for the youth in my ward with a three course meal. Luckily I didn’t have to prepare all of it, but I was assigned to do the soup, and I had a great one in mind! This recipe comes from one of my favourite cook books ever (Lion house classics) and it’s so simple and delicious that I just had to share it. It also got mad reviews from everyone I served it to.

Here is my slightly altered version of the recipe:

Ingredients:
12-15 roma tomatoes
4 (10.5oz) cans tomato soup
2 cups chicken stock (home made is best!)
1 cup beef stock
1 bunch fresh basil
1 cup sugar
2-3 cups cream
salt and pepper

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350degF. Arrange your tomatoes on a baking dish.
“Bake until tops begin to blacken.” (This is what the recipe said, and so I checked on them every 3 minutes…. and about half an hour later, they were just beginning to darken up!
The recipe doesn’t call for removing the skins, but it wasn’t nice to find tough bits of tomato skin in the soup, so I would peel them!

In a large stock pot combine tomato soup, chicken stock and beef stock.
I know this isn’t a pretty picture, but I had to post it & tell you that I used home made stock for the first time ever (after making roast chicken on sunday) and it was SO much better!

Place the roasted tomatoes and basil in a blender and puree until smooth. (Cover blender with a lid and towel to avoid splashing when the tomatoes puree!) My husband was playing around with my new lens, and just happened to get the shot I needed! Thanks! I should have edited out my 2 year olds half eaten dinner roll on the counter there… gross!
Add puree to pot and let simmer. Add sugar until mixture is slightly sweet (add more or less according to taste) then add them cream. Season generously with salt and pepper.
I really wish I had a picture that did the taste justice! I had to snap and run because I was late for the etiquette night that I planned! That’s just rude.

This would be delicious with a gourmet grilled cheese…. I think i’m going to have to learn to make one of those soon!

Hope you’re having a cozy winter evening!

Love, Sarah.