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Tomato and Basil Bisque

No recipe image available.A superb Italian-style tomato and fresh basil bisque garnished with crisp homemade asiago croutons.

Recipe Ingredients:

3 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken stock - divided use
1 Spanish onion, diced
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 (28-ounce) can plum tomatoes with juice
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup (1 1/2 ounces) grated Asiago cheese
1/2 cup julienne-cut fresh basil

Asiago Croutons:
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
12 to 16 thin slices of Italian bread
1/2 cup (about 2 ounces) grated Asiago cheese

Cooking Directions:

  1. For Bisque: Over medium heat, heat 1/4 cup of the chicken stock in a heavy, nonreactive pot. Add the onion, and sweat for 6 to 8 minutes, until the onions are limp.
  2. Add the garlic, and continue to cook 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, the remaining stock, and the red pepper flakes. Bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat, and simmer for 35 to 40 minutes.
  4. Remove the soup from the heat and let it cool slightly. When cooled, purée the soup in a blender, in batches.
  5. Stir in the cheese and the basil, adjust the seasoning, and chill the soup.
  6. For Asiago Croutons: Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C).
  7. Combine the oil and the garlic, and lightly brush the Italian bread with this mixture.
  8. Place the bread slices on a baking sheet, and top each slice with the cheese.
  9. Bake the croutons for 8 to 10 minutes or until the cheese is golden and bubbling. Cool.
  10. To serve, ladle approximately 1 cup of soup into each bowl. Top each serving with two Asiago croutons. Serve immediately.

Makes 8 servings.

Recipe provided courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.