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BBT Bisque


“Chopped smoked Bacon and fresh Basil top a creamy Tomato bisque flavored with more bacon and basil

 Recipe from the Hunt’s “Best Meals. Best Moments. Recipe Contest” 2009 – Karen, Simpsonville, SC, 1st Place”


•1 pound smoked bacon, chopped

•1 small onion, chopped

•3 cloves garlic, peeled, finely chopped

•2 cans (14.5 oz. each) Hunt’s® Petite Diced Tomatoes, undrained

•1 can (14 oz.) chicken broth

•1 can (6 oz. each) Hunt’s® Tomato Paste with Basil, Garlic and Oregano

•1 cup heavy (whipping) cream

•1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil, divided


1. Heat large saucepan over medium-high heat until hot. Add bacon; cook 5 to 10 minutes or until crisp. Remove HALF of the bacon and drain on paper towels. Remove and discard all but 2 tablespoons bacon drippings.

2. Reduce heat to medium; add onion and cook 5 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic; cook 1 minute more or until fragrant.

3. Stir in undrained tomatoes, broth and tomato paste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Stir in cream; simmer 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add half of the basil to the tomato mixture. Remove soup from heat. Place a portion in blender container. Puree 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth. Repeat until all soup is pureed.

5. Place bisque in serving bowls; top with the remaining bacon and basil.


Cook’s Tip

 This bisque can be made a day ahead. Prepare entirely except for adding the heavy cream. The next day, heat bisque over medium heat until warm and stir in cream.

(Photo: Hunt’


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