Prep Time: 45 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
What to do with all of those garden or Farmer's Market fresh tomatoes? Have no fear-- a hearty, creamy, smokey bisque is about to sweep you off of your feet. The incredibly easy, seven ingredient bisque is a no-brainer. This one was a garden party hit at our house this year and is set to become a quick classic with our family. The smoke boosts both the flavor of the basil and the tangy nature of the tomatoes, and is at once surprising and warming. Happy harvest!
- 5 pounds tomatoes, diced with skins on.
- 6-8 cups fresh basil leaves, cleaned and de-stemmed
- 4 medium-sized yellow onion, diced
- 1/4 cup liquid smoke
- 1-3 tablespoons grape seed or other high heat oil for sauteing
- 1 cup nutritional yeast
- Real Salt, to taste
- 1/4 cup vegan Parmesan to top (optional)
- A few dollops of vegan cashew cream for garnishing (optional)
- Pre-heat oven to 425. Clean and dice tomatoes.
- Roast tomatoes in a high heat oil in oven for approximately two hours, checking once an hour.
- Meanwhile, saute basil leaves with diced yellow onion in oil over medium heat in skillet until onions have become translucent.
- When tomatoes have been removed from oven, transfer them and your basil/onion mixture to a food processor and pulse, or use a hand blender to puree until relatively smooth but still thick. Use caution-- they're hot.
- Slowly add in liquid smoke, nutritional yeast, and salt. Mix well, allowing soup to contain a slightly chunky texture.
- Season to taste. Bring to a low boil in a soup pot, reduce to a simmer, serve hot. Feel free to add more liquid smoke to up the ante on the smoke flavor, but do so carefully. A little bit goes a long way, and the flavor will emerge more with time.
- Serve with your favorite vegan crackers or bread & garnish of your choice. Enjoy!
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