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Artichoke Tomato Bisque

Tomatoes and roasted sweet red pepper pair up to create a fabulous base for this herb cream soup. Serve it as a first course at dinner parties and you'll be amazed at the compliments you receive. —Doty Emory, Jasper, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 30 min
  • Makes
    12 servings (3 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 jar (7-1/2 ounces) roasted sweet red peppers, drained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon each dried thyme, basil and oregano
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) vegetable broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (14 ounces) water-packed artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons sherry
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro or 2 teaspoons dried cilantro flakes
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Creole seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • In a blender, cover and process tomatoes and peppers until pureed. In a large saucepan, saute the onion, garlic, thyme, basil and oregano in butter and olive oil until onion is tender.
  • Add the broths, artichokes, cream, milk, sherry, cilantro and tomato mixture. Bring to a simmer; cook for 10-12 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, whisk cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually add to saucepan. Cook and stir for 3-5 minutes or until thickened; add Creole seasoning and pepper.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 150 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 544mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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