Tomato Basil Bisque
Ingredients
  • (3) 14.5-oz cans Diced Tomatoes, undrained (#400990)
  • 1 Tbsp Tomato Paste (#400880)
  • 6 Celery Hearts, chopped (#340043)
  • 1 large Sweet Red Pepper, chopped
  • 1 large Yellow Onion, chopped (#340214)
  • ½ cup Unsalted Butter, chopped (#180140)
  • 1 Bay Leaf (#1000251)
  • 1 cup loosely packed Fresh Basil Leaves, chopped coarsely (#340202)
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, minced (#340051)
  • 1-½ cups Heavy Whipping Cream (#180115)
  • 3 tsp Salt (#110600)
  • 2 tsp Sugar (#110650)
  • 1 tsp Pepper (#450430)
  • Fresh Basil Leaves for garnish
Directions
  1. Sauté the red pepper, celery, garlic and onions in butter until tender.  Add undrained tomatoes, tomato paste and bay leaf and bring mixture to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer 45 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and discard bay leaf.  Stir in basil, salt, pepper and sugar.
  3. Place half of the mixture in a blender and puree.  Slowly add the heavy whipping cream.
  4. Pour bisque back into pan, combine and heat without boiling.  Pour into bowls and garnish with fresh basil leaves.
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