Wednesday, December 28, 2011

TOMATO BISQUE

I have always loved tomato soup.  This old homemade version is a favorite since it has a potato, one of my favorite foods, in it!

2 tbsp butter
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cups peeled and diced potato
4 chicken bouillon cubes
3 1/2 cups water
1 bay leaf
1 tsp basil
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 can (28-oz) whole tomatoes, do not drain
4 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp sugar
sour cream for garnish, if desired

In a large saucepan, melt the butter then add the onion and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes until transluscent.  Stir occasionally during the cooking so as not to burn.

Add the diced potatoes, bouillon, water, and seasonings to the onion.  Cover the pan and cook for 15 minutes.  Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, and sugar to the potato/onion mixture.  Stir well to blend.  Replace lid and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes.  Remove the bay leaf.

Pour into blend in small batches and puree until smooth and thick.  Pour into soup bowls and top with sour cream, if desired.

I like mine served with crackers or a crusty bread.

This soup can be made ahead of time, stored in refrigerator and reheated to serve hot or may be served cold on hot summer days.

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