Tomato Bisque with a Kick

So after watching a friend make homemade tomato soup I figured I could give it a whirl. And since today was a grey gross rainy day, so it seems there’s no day like the present.

Here’s the rundown, keep in mind I use a lot of dash and pinch measurements! Therefore i approximated with tbs and tps. More of these are too taste so feel free to add more or less whether you like spicy or more mild. Additionally, feel free to sub out ingredients based on dietary needs for example if you are gluten free use rice flour.  (I’ll get better with measurements,I promise!!)

Ingredients:
3 tbs of butter or butter substitute
4 cups chicken stock
1 medium sweet onion diced
3 medium-large cloves of garlic diced
1 tbs. flour (I prefer Unbleached organic)
4 large tomatoes cut in slices along the core
2 14.5oz cans of fire roasted diced tomatoes
4 slices of turkey bacon
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 tsp Basil
Salt
Pepper
2 tsp Chili pepper
2 tbs Cholula (hot sauce)

Directions:

Take a medium pot with medium heat and put butter in. As butter melts add diced onion and diced garlic cloves. Watch and stir as the butter mixture begins to summer and add 1 tbs of flour. Continue to stir butter, onion, garlic and flour until the flour is evening coating the mixture.

In a small skillet cook 4 pieces of turkey bacon. This should only take a few minutes. Once browned, let them cool to touch and slice them. After sliced add the turkey bacon to soup base of onion, butter, flour, and garlic.

Add sliced tomatoes, chicken stock, basil, chili pepper, pepper, salt, and got sauce. Bring to a simmer while continually stirring. Ensure the flour does not adhere to the bottom of the pot. Now add the canned tomatoes and fold in.

Almost all the ingredients are in the combined. Let this simmer for about 15-18 minutes.

Almost all the ingredients are in the combined. Let this simmer for about 15-18 minutes.

Once fully mixed and simmering allow mixture to cook for an additional 15-18min, stirring occasionally.

Add 1/2 cup of heavy cream to simmering tomato soup. Season with additional chili pepper, hot sauce (Cholula), salt, and pepper to taste.

Okay so here’s the tricky part to really make it a bisque the mixture needs to be blended. I use a hand/immersion blender. It can simply be out into the pot and pulsed 5-8 beats until you reach your desired consistency. I personally prefer less creamy and chewable pieces.

Let cool a bit and serve! On a side note I use the small sauce pan from the turkey bacon to make grilled cheese sandwiches!

Enjoy!

Finished product! You can still see the steam!

Finished product! You can still see the steam!

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