southern_2Celebrate Southern Comfort Food with this Herbsaint Tomato – Shrimp Bisque Recipe

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Ingredients: 10 servings

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

1 cup onions, small dice

1 cup celery , small chop

1 cup carrots, small chop

½ cup scallions, chopped

3 each garlic cloves, minced

½ pound shrimp (40-50 count, peeled)

2 cups tomatoes dice with juice

1 Tablespoon tomato paste

4 cups Shrimp Stock

1 each bay leaf

½ cup raw rice

2 Tablespoons tarragon, chopped fresh

1 cup heavy cream

2 Tablespoons Brandy

1 teaspoon Herbsaint or Pernod

1 teaspoon Kosher salt

½ teaspoon black pepper, ground

Hot sauce

5 teaspoons scallions, slivered for garnish


  • Heat the butter in a heavy bottomed pot over medium high heat.
  • Add onions, celery, carrots, and scallions and cook, stirring, for about 10 minutes, and then add the garlic and shrimp and cook 3 minutes.
  • Add the tomato dice, tomato paste, shrimp stock, 4 cups water, bay leaf and stir.
  • Bring it to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the rice and tarragon and cook for another 20 minutes until rice is completely soft.
  • Let it cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Carefully puree in a blender, in batches if necessary and strain through a fine sieve into another pot.
  • Whisk in the cream, brandy, Herbsaint and taste for seasoning.
  • Add salt and hot sauce and adjust consistency as desired with water, stock, or more cream.
  • Serve garnished with scallions.