Rustic Tomato Basil Bisque

With the cold days of late fall & winter approaching, it’s time to get serious about making food to keep us warm. We’re huge fans of the classic tomato soup and grilled cheese combo, so we’ve gone & done that with a few added touches. Time to cozy up with a Susty bowl full of our favorite seasonal soup.

The bisque is extremely creamy, with a nice twang from tawny port & goat cheese. We’ve left the chunks of tomatoes in to give it more body, and paired it with a simple grilled cheese made by grilling two slices of ciabatta in butter with white cheddar.

It’s the perfect food for a fall picnic in the park, and what could be a more perfect way to enjoy it than in a compostable Susty bowl! Don't forget a napkin for your cheddar cheesy fingers. :)

Serves 6 – 8

  • ½ stick of butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 lbs plum tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup tawny port
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • Bay leaves
  • 1 bunch basil 

1.  In a large pot, combine the olive oil, tomatoes, and salt and pepper over medium-high heat. Cook for 25 – 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the tomatoes have blistered and burst. Once it gets to this stage, begin the roux.

2.  Prepare the roux by melting the butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low and sift in the flour. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon for about 5 minutes, until it is beige in color. Whisk in 1 cup of the heavy cream.

3.  Add the roux to the pot of cooked tomatoes, along with the chicken stock, remaining heavy cream, tawny port, goat cheese, bay leaves, and half of the bunch of basil. Stir until the goat cheese has melted and become fully incorporated into the bisque. Let simmer, stirring occasionally, for half an hour.

4.  Remove the basil leaves and bay leaves before serving. Serve with sour cream and fresh chopped basil. Leftovers will keep fresh in the refrigerator wrapped in plastic wrap for up to one week.

    // Guest Post // Matt and Beau are a New Orleans-based couple who run the food and lifestyle blog, Probably This. On the website, they share original recipes for food and beverages, as well as style, dining, and design tips.