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A good tomato soup is hard to beat.  This one is rich and fills your mouth with that ripe tomato and Tomato Bisqueherb flavor.

Can't beat a bowl of tomato bisque and a grilled cheese sandwich!!

Recipe By     : Sitara
Serving Size  : 10   Preparation Time :1:00
Categories    : Soups

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------      ------------  --------------------------------
   4          tablespoons   butter
   1          medium        onion -- chopped
   1         stalk               celery -- finely chopped
   1         clove              garlic -- minced
   4         large               ripe tomatoes -- peeled, seeded and chopped
   1/4      cup                 fresh basil -- chopped
   1         sprig              fresh thyme -- or 1 T dried
   1         teaspoon      oregano
   2        quarts             chicken stock
   1/4     cup                 red wine
   1        cup                 half and half

1.   Saute onion and celery in butter add garlic.  Saute till translucent and tender, do not brown.  Puree.

2.  Add tomatoes, basil, thyme, oregano wine and pepper.  Simmer.  
     If you cannot find good ripe tomatoes, use some canned Italian plum tomatoes.

3. Puree if desired to be totally smooth.  Add cream and heat but do not boil.