Meg’s Cooking Corner

Friday, February 6, 2009

Cook up some love: Part 3

The final part of our special valentine's dinner is a tomato bisque soup to begin your meal with. This is a fantastic soup that can be served hot or cold, may be refrigerated several days or frozen, and it's even pink for Valentine's Day! It goes perfect with the Chicken Wellington but can also stand alone, just serve with a salad and crusty rolls for a complete dinner. My children prefer to have canned tomato soup, which I secretly think is great, it leaves more tomato bisque for my husband and I! This recipe also comes from a church cookbook. Go to the Grocery Cart Challenge to find a recipe swap today.

Tip: When you go to puree the mixture in the blender, make sure you cool the soup first and then puree it in small batches. If you try to puree a large batch of hot soup it will explode all over your kitchen! And then you will not be feeling the love.

Creamy Tomato Bisque

1/4 cup butter
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup carrots, chopped
1/3 cup flour
2 (1 pound 12 oz) cans whole tomatoes, drained and chopped
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp basil
1 tsp marjoram
2 bay leaves
4 cups chicken broth
1 pint whipping cream
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp white pepper
3/4 of a 7-oz container pesto sauce
Parmesan cheese to taste (approx 1/2 cup)

Melt butter in a large saucepan. Saute celery, onion, and carrots until tender. Stir in flour. Cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add tomatoes, sugar, basil, marjoram, bay leaves and broth. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaves. Cool slightly.

Carefully puree 1/3 of the mixture at a time in a blender. Add cream, paprika, curry powder and pepper. Stir to blend. Add pesto and parmesan to taste. Add salt and adjust seasonings. Serve hot or cold. Makes 8-10 servings.


Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

This looks great for one of the cold nights we've been having! Thanks for sharing!

Donna-FFW said...

Tomato Bisque sounds perfect for this weather. It looks delicious!