Tomato bisque

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Here is my favorite recipe for a cold winter day


  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 ½ teaspoons minced fresh dill, plus more for garnish
  • 2 pounds heirloom tomatoes, chopped (or 2 cans of crushed tomatoes)
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 ¼ cups heavy cream
  • ⅔ cup half & half
  • ¼ cup minced fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup honey
  • coarse salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • chopped fresh dill (for garnish)


  • a large nonreactive pot
  • a small saucepan
  • a wooden spoon
  • an immersion blender, stand blender, or food processor


  1. In a large nonreactive pot, melt 6 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat and sauté the onion and dill until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes and broth, bring to a simmer, and remove from heat.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat.
  4. Add the flour, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon for 3 minutes without browning.
  5. Add the cream and half & half and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  6. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes.
  7. Stir in the parsley and honey.
  8. Remove from the heat.
  9. Using an immersion blender, stand blender, or food processor, purée the cream mixture with the tomato – broth mixture [in batches, if necessary].
  10. Return the blended soup to the same pot, reheat over low heat, and season with salt and pepper.
  11. To serve, ladle into warmed shallow soup bowls and garnish with dill.

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Re: Tomato bisque

I don’t have access to heirloom tomatoes in the dead of winter. What size cans of tomatoes should I buy? And do you have a recommended brand?

Re: Tomato bisque

Two 28oz size cans of crushed tomatoes should be perfect. I don’t have a preferred brand — it really comes down to taste. Generally I look for the brand that has the lowest amount of sodium. Better to little salt to too much.

Re: Tomato bisque