Lunchbreak: Herbed Tomato Bisque

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Chef Ben Goodnick, Coastal Soups & Summer House Santa Monica

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Coastal Soups is a delivery and carryout only restaurant operating out of Summer House Santa Monica – Lincoln Park

1954 N. Halsted Street, Chicago IL 60614



Herbed Tomato Bisque Recipe


2 tablespoon butter

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

2 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes

1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock or water

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon dark brown sugar

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


1.            Heat a large heavy bottom pot over medium heat

2.            Add the butter. When it is melted and foamy add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until soft. About 5 minutes.

3.            Add the basil and crushed red pepper and cook until fragrant. About 1 minute.

4.            Add the tomatoes, stock and cream.

5.            Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cool for 15 minutes, stirring often

6.            Add the brown sugar and purée with and immersion blender or in batches in a standing blender

7.            Add salt and pepper to taste and reheat if needed


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