This rich and velvety Tomato Bisque soup is bursting with flavor, offering a comforting blend of tomatoes and aromatic basil. Savor this luxurious, tomato-infused soup as a cozy weeknight dinner, a hearty lunch, or a delightful starter for your next dinner gathering. Pair it with toasted cheesy bread for a delightful textural contrast, and you'll feel like you're in The Quiet Woman.

Tomato Bisque



6 carrots diced
1 bunch of celery
2 tbsp Fresh Garlic minced
4 tbsp Kosher salt
2 cups of AP. Flour
1 1b. Unsalted Butter
2 cups Brandy
1 qt. Heavy Cream
1 handful of fresh Thyme
6 Bay leaves
10 parsley stems (put these all on a cheese cloth)
10 Whole black Peppercorns
6 oz Chicken Base
Water filled to the pot handle


Basil Oil

  • Melt butter and sweat onion, carrot, celery for 5 minutes then add garlic, salt and sweat of a minute or two (careful not to bum).
  • Stir in flour to mixture. Make a roux and cook for 2 min.
  • Add Brandy and cook until soaked up.
  • Add tomatoes, water and chicken base; add all of the herbs and peppercorns that are wrapped in cheesecloth.
  • Bring up to boil and then drop temp to a simmer for 1 hour.
  • Remove cheese cloth mixture and puree contents. Put cheese clothe back into soup.
  • Simmer for 1 1/2 hours until desired thickness, add cream and simmer for another ⅛ hour, remove cheesecloth.
  • Strain through a fine china cap.


3 cups of packed basil leaves
¾ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  • In a strainer plunge leaves into a pot of boiling salted water for 15 seconds. Remove and immediately plunge the strainer into a bowl of iced water to blanch.
  • Drain the herbs and squeeze as dry as possible.
  • Using scissors, cut the herbs into small pieces.
  • Add half the herbs and half the oil to a blender on medium for 1 minute. Turn blender to high for 2 minutes and then add the rest of the herbs and the oil. If mixture starts to get hot remove cover.
  •  Refrigerate puree mixture overnight to intensify color.
  • Place a piece of cheesecloth over a container, secure with an elastic, turn upside down and let the oil strain through the cheesecloth for about an hour.
  • Basil oil with keep in the fridge for a week.


  • Garnish with a drizzle of basil oil and a basil leaf.




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