Saturday, September 18, 2010

Tomato Bisque

I'll be going to the last movie showing at the Hollywood Cemetery tonight to watch "Night of the Living Dead." I love cooking for friends and I figured hot soup would be best for a cold picnic outside. I love this soup because you can basically serve it with anything and it would go great. It's also really quick to make, so you can be cooking your main dish while this one simmers.

For tonight, I plan to make pesto paninis. Anything warm please! Last time we watched a movie out there I was freezing. I'll take some pictures tonight and share them with you guys. Have a great weekend everyone! : ]

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Serves 6
Prep Time : 1 hour, 20 minutes


* Sea salt
* 4 Tb Earth Balance or vegan margarine
* 1 onion, chopped
* 1 carrot, chopped
* 1 stalk celery, chopped
* 3 cloves garlic, smashed
* 2 Tb unbleached all-purpose flour
* 5 cups faux chicken stock ( try Better than Bouillon brand )
* 1 ( 28 ounce ) can whole fire-roasted tomatoes, juice included
* 1 Tb minced fresh parsley
* Leaves from 2 fresh thyme sprigs
* 1 bay leaf
* Freshly ground black pepper
* 1 1/2 cups regular Cashew Cream or Soy Creamer
* Parsley for garnish

1. Place a large stockpot over medium heat. Add the Earth Balance and stir until melted, being careful not to let it burn.

2. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

3. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and continue cooking and stirring for 2 minutes.

4. Add the stock, tomatoes with juice, parsley, thyme and bay leaf.

5. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

6. Season with freshly ground black pepper (add a little salt if you wish but the "chicken" stock is already high in sodium, so only add if you think it's really necessary ), then add the Cashew Cream. Continue to simmer ( do not boil ) for 10 minutes.

7. Remove the bay leaf. Working in batches, pour the soup into a blender, cover the lid with a towel ( the hot liquid tends to erupt ), and blend on high for several minutes, until very smooth. Pour the soup through a fine-mesh sieve. Ladle into bowls and garnish with parsley.


  1. Absolutely beautiful...simple and I bet it was very tasty.

  2. Hey Jacklyn, this sounds wonderful right now. A bowl of this with a Galaxy cheese grilled cheese would be just perfect. Yeah...!
    p.s. Don't feel bad about putting me in your side bar! I date an attorney, so I ask everyone permission for everything out of some sort of 'legal nervosa' (smile). Nobody else does this;-)...

  3. Foodies' minds think alike. :-) I cooked some tomato soup yesterday too. It was perfect for the chilly weather!

  4. Thank you Millie. It was very tasty : ]

    Stella - Mmm grilled cheese! Haha oh no, you date an attorney, that would explain it! I see where you're coming from now : ]

    Angie - Oh but they do! It has been chilly here too..I am loving the new weather change.

  5. Looks wonderful.... delicious and perfect for this cool weather that is moving in! Love the photos - Megan

  6. A good thick tomato soup sounds wonderful, and this looks great every step of the way. Hope it went over well at the movie!

  7. Too bad we didn't get to see it, but I'm glad we still got to enjoy your nom nom-y food. (: Thanks again so much, Jackie! :D

  8. Put up the recipe for the sandwiches too, nom nom nom

  9. Godzilla reads your blog?! What an honor. XD

    I hear he's a little demanding about the nutritional information...

  10. haha yep, he said he's going to comment on my blog under many celebrity names haha
    I'll email you later today with that recipe! : ]