Thursday, October 2, 2008

Mushroom-Tomato Bisque

This tomato soup was served at the most movie-esque and gorgeous wedding receptions I have ever been to...and I've been craving it ever since. Luckily, the chef gave me the recipe and I just can't keep it from the world. Delicious!

1 cup sliced leeks or chopped onion
1 cup sliced celery
4 cloves minced garlic
3 Tbsp butter
3 cups sliced fresh shiitake or other mushrooms*
2-16 oz cans tomatoes, undrained and cut up
3 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
1/2 cup whipping cream**
2 Tbsp snipped fresh dill or 2 tsp dried dill weed
1/8 tsp pepper
1 more cup sliced fresh shiitake or other mushrooms
2 Tbsp butter
Fresh dill (optional)

Place leeks/onion, celery, garlic, and 3 Tbsp butter in a large saucepan and cook until tender. Add the 3 cups mushrooms and cook until they are tender, too.

Stir in tomatoes, broth, whipping cream, dill, and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer covered for about 30 minutes. Cool mixture slightly.

Place 1/4 of the tomato mixture in a blender and blend until smooth. Repeat with the remaining tomato mixture 1/4 at a time and then return it all to saucepan and heat thoroughly.

Meanwhile, put the 1 extra cup of mushrooms in a small skillet with 2 Tbsp butter and cook until tender. Serve tomato bisque with sauteed mushrooms on top as a garnish with a bit of dill.

* For those who don't love mushrooms, this soup does NOT taste mushroomy. The mushrooms just add a denser flavor.

**I use skim milk and it still tastes the same.


Anonymous said...

i want this soup, now!

Bryan, Mary & Abigail said...

It's the best tomato soup I've ever had. I don't usually like tomato soup either, but I love this!

Rodela Family said...

you put that comment in about mushrooms just for me didn't you!