Chef Rollins' Hearty Tomato Bisque, Perfect For Chilly Winter Nights!
Heat the butter in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook, stirring, until crisp
and most of the fat has rendered, about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper
towel-lined plate and set aside. Lower the heat to medium, add the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic and
cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until soft and fragrant, about 8 minutes.
Stir in the flour and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Pour in the broth and tomatoes and bring to a boil while
whisking constantly. Tie the parsley sprigs, thyme, and bay leaf together with a piece of kitchen twine and
add to the pot. Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
When the soup base is cool, remove and discard the herb bundle. Working in batches, transfer the mixture
to a blender and puree until smooth. Using a sieve over a large bowl, strain the tomato puree. Return the
puree to the pot and reheat over medium heat.
Butter baguette lightly, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and toast until golden brown.
Whisk the heavy cream and salt into the soup and season with pepper to taste. Divide among warm soup
bowls, garnish with cheese croutons, and serve immediately.