Well, the season for a refreshing gazpacho is behind. Now it is time for warming tomato soups.
I love them all – with crunchy croutons or freshly baked bread, with grilled cheese sandwich or turkey panini, with nuts and seeds, with ham or bacon.
A wonderful crispy combination of salty bacon and earthy pecan nuts (you can use pumpkin seeds as well) makes an ordinary tomato soup exceptional. O, who said ‘ordinary’? There is no ordinary tomato soup.
This bright butternut-tomato bisque is perfect for any occasion – to warm up on weekdays and to celebrate fall or winter holidays.
In a soup pot, heat the olive oil, add the yellow onion and cook for 5-7 minutes until slightly golden.
Add the garlic and cook for 30-45 seconds.
Add the butternut, tomatoes with their juices, seasonings; pour water (approximately 2 ½ qt); bring to a boil then lower the heat and cook for 15 minutes or until the butternut is fork tender.
Remove from the heat. Using a food processor or blender (stationary or emersion), puree the soup.
Stir in the cream and adjust the seasoning. Reheat if needed.
Serve with bacon crumbs and nuts; sprinkle with parsley, chives or scallions.
For the bacon:
Starting with a cold pan, slowly melt the bacon strips until desired consistency. Transfer the bacon strips onto a plate lined with paper towel. Brake into pieces.
The quantity of sugar depends on a squash and tomatoes quality and a personal taste.
Vegetable or chicken stock can be used in place of water. If using stock omit celery, coriander and fennel.
For a vegetarian version omit the bacon.
Cook with pleasure and enjoy the world!