Tomato Basil Bisque

As I have read some where a bisque is a soup that has some kind of a fish stock at its foundation. None of the recipies had that…thus I added it.  All of the [ ] are my changes to this otherwise great soup.

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 50 min. MAKES: 5 servings


 6 celery ribs, chopped                                                                                                                  1 large [red] onion, chopped                                                                                                       1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped                                                                                    1 C. fresh grape tomatoes                                                                                                            [1 T butter + 4 Tbs. olive oil]                                                                                                        1 large can diced tomatoes, undrained                                                                                        1 tablespoon tomato paste                                                                                                            small handful, dry basil leaves                                                                                                    1 bottle clam nectar                                                                                                                     [2-3 cloves garlic, sliced]                                                                                                          [1 T Clam broth mix]                                                                                                                  8 oz.   heavy whipping cream

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1-1/3 cups) equals 383 calories, 36 g fat (22 g saturated fat), 122 mg cholesterol, 1,214 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 3 g protein.


In a large saucepan, saute the celery, onion, fresh tomatoes, and red pepper in butter for 5-6 minutes [add the garlic 1/2 way through this] or until tender. Add tomatoes, and tomato paste, basil. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 40 minutes.

Remove from the heat.  Transfer half of the soup mixture to a blender. While processing, gradually add cream; process until pureed. Return to the pan; heat through (do not boil). Yield: 5 servings.

original recipe below:

About kathrynrickert

Possibly from watching the movie Bambie at the age of 6, I have had a life-long awareness that saying ONLY nice things, does not make the world just or kind. Thus, my 2009 doctoral dissertation..."Talking Back to God" , is one of the main aspects of the work I do. Always interdisciplinary, seeking connections across borders that are usually marked with DO NOT ENTER, I seek to pay attention, pray, think, create,and imagine using biblical laments, Christian worship texts, and the ordinary stuff of everyday life.
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