Creamy Tomato Bisque

photo credit: khunaspix freedigitalphotos.net

photo credit: khunaspix freedigitalphotos.net

I love tomato bisque – usually I go to the local cafe for it but this week I have an abundance of gorgeous tomatoes that MUST be eaten!

 

 

 

 

Creamy Tomato Bisque

Servings: 4-6     Prep time: 20 minutes     Cook time: 45 minutes

 

8 cups puréed tomatoes

4-5 cloves garlic, minced

1 yellow onion, chopped

1 large carrot, sliced into half circles

1 stalk celery, sliced

5 cups chicken broth

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tablespoon butter

pinch of cayenne pepper

1 1/2 teaspoons salt (to taste)

 

Directions

  1. On medium low heat, add oil to soup pot and start sautéing onions and carrots. When onions are almost translucent (maybe 1/3 of the way there) add garlic and celery.
  2. Keep sautéing until onions are translucent, then add broth, tomato purée, thyme, oregano, basil, and 1 teaspoon salt to soup pot and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer soup uncovered for 45 minutes.
  4. Turn off heat and use immersion blender to blend soup to desired consistency (the smoother the better I think!)
  5. Stir in heavy whipping cream, butter, and cayenne pepper. Add more salt to taste. Also feel free to slowly add more cream and butter to taste if you’d like.
  6. Serve with basil and chopped tomato garnish.
  7. Enjoy!

Next time I would like to turn this into a paleo recipe and use coconut milk instead and add some fresh squeezed lemon. Any suggestions on substituting the heavy whipping cream and butter for coconut milk?

In Health, Wellness & Love,
Mariah Brooks, LMT, BCTMB
gaiaessentia.wordpress.com

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About Mariah

Owner of Gaia Essentia Ltd., Master Bodyworker, Certified Reiki Practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Clinical Master Aromatherapist in-training, Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, and Professional Member of the National Association of Complimentary and Alternative Medicines. Loves meditation, yoga, bicycling, photography, and dancing.
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