Weekend Winner: Tomato Bacon Basil Bisque

So I know that I teased y’all a bit over the weekend with a teeny tiny contest. Last week, I cooked up several delicious dishes that will be available in my upcoming cookbook, BUT I was so excited that I wanted to share at least ONE of my recipes with you guys— so I left it up to all of you to decide which one! The options? Golden summer squash and sweet corn bisque with maple dijon salmon OR tomato bacon basil bisque with maple rosemary turkey sausage crumble. The winner?

By a mere 2 votes… tomato bacon basil bisque! I mean, come on, bacon. Bacon! So without further ado, here’s the recipe deets:


Tomato Bacon Basil Bisque

1 onion, diced

5 garlic cloves, chopped

2 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes

2-4 cups chicken stock (depending on desired consistency)

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

15 fresh basil leaves (10 whole; 5 chopped)

1/2 lb turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled

In a lightly oiled pot over high heat, saute the diced onions until translucent (3-5 minutes). Add in the chopped garlic, continuing to saute for another minute or so until fragrant. Pour in the diced tomatoes, 2 cups of chicken stock (reserve remaining optional 2 cups), 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk, and 10 of the basil leaves. Simmer while covered over medium heat for 20-30 minutes. Transfer (carefully!) to a blender, and blend until smooth (blend in smaller batches if necessary!). Add in some of the remaining optional 2 cups of chicken stock for a thinner bisque, or omit the additional chicken stock altogether for a thicker, heartier bisque. Season with salt and pepper as desired (I personally like a saltier soup!). Lastly, top with the chopped basil and the cooked turkey bacon as garnish.

Maple Rosemary Turkey Sausage

1 lb 99% fat free ground turkey

3 tablespoons pure maple syrup

3 sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped

1 sprig of fresh thyme, chopped

5 sage leaves, chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

In a bowl, combine all ingredients thoroughly. In a lightly oiled pan, brown mixture over medium heat until cooked throughout, breaking apart as needed to create a crumble-like consistency. Crumble over top of the tomato bacon basil bisque for a protein-rich complete meal!

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