–A Recipe for Creamy Tomato Bisque
One thing I struggle with when meal planning is finding one entree that the entire house will eat and enjoy that is not pizza! Lately, in South Carolina it has been cold. Yes, I have adapted over the years to the southern climate. Anything below 60 degrees and you will find me wearing gloves! I relish and wish for these temperatures during the summer heat and humidity because I look forward to making dozens of different soups. My family will tell you I could eat soup breakfast, lunch and dinner all winter!
A soup that we all enjoy is tomato bisque especially with oyster crackers, grissini, or toasted baguette sandwiches. However, I wanted to make a healthy soup that was not loaded with cream, coconut milk, or tofu. I tend to avoid coconut products (especially coconut oil and milk) and do not love tofu. I also wanted my kids to consume some additional vegetables besides the obvious tomato. And then inspiration struck…
A while back, I made a dish from one of my favorite websites Running on Real Food by Deryn. It was a wild rice soup and cauliflower soup that is partially pureed with a creamy texture that is absolutely fabulous (https://runningonrealfood.com/creamy-cauliflower-wild-rice-soup.)
I wondered if I could try something similar with tomatoes. I experimented a few times both with wild rice and orzo. Hands down my family and I loved the orzo version best. The most wonderful part – a meal that we could all enjoy and the kids had no idea they were eating cauliflower, parsnips, carrots, celery, onion, tomatoes and garlic all in one bowl.
Below is the recipe for the version that we liked the best inspired by Deryn from Running on Real Food (https://runningonrealfood.com/)
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup water
- pinch salt to taste
- 1 lemon juiced optional
- Soak raw cashews in hot water for 2 hours.
- Drain cashews and transfer to a high speed blender.
- Add 1/3 cup of water, pinch of salt, and lemon juice if using.
- Blend until smooth and creamy. If too thick add additional water and blend again.
Creamy Tomato Bisque
- 6 cloves garlic peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 cup yellow or white onion roughly chopped
- 3 cups cauliflower florets
- 2 cups carrots roughly chopped
- 2 cups celery roughly chopped
- 1 parsnip roughly chopped
- 1 28 oz. can of San Marzano tomatoes
- 1/3 cup dried orzo
- 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
- 3 cups vegetable stock
- 2 tsp thyme
- 2 tsp basil
- 2 tsp oregano
- pinch salt to taste
- pinch black pepper to taste
- pinch red chili flakes to taste
- Add garlic, onion, cauliflower, carrots, celery, and parsnips to a large stock pot with 2 tablespoons of vegetable broth or a drizzle of olive oil and cook on medium heat for about 8 minutes.
- Add tomatoes, broth, and nutritional yeast and bring to a boil.
- Add orzo. Reduce heat to very low and simmer for about 20 minutes until vegetables are tender and orzo has expanded.
- Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.
- Blend the soup in a high speed blender or use an immersion blender working in batches.
- Return the soup to the pot and season to taste.
- Serve soup with a dollop of cashew cream, crackers, grissini, or toasted baguette.