Corn and Red Pepper Bisque


I love bisque-style soups. Not liquid-y enough to be soup and not thick enough to be stew. They're that perfect middle ground that does a great job of warming you up and filling you up at the same time.

Corn and red peppers are two of my favorite vegetables. Yes, I realize that corn is really more of a starch than anything, but when you live with the resident vegetable hater, you tend to hear "but corn is a vegetable and I eat that!" so many times that you trick yourself into thinking that corn is, in fact, a vegetable.

Anyway, I love the combination of these two ingredients together so I was thrilled to check out this recipe.

Corn and Red Pepper Bisque
Source: Eating Well, Summer 2004
Servings: 4
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    • 2 tsp. olive oil
    • 1 Vidalia onion, chopped
    • 1 red pepper, chopped
    • 16 oz. package frozen corn kernels
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 4 cups reduced-sodium fat free chicken broth
    • 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
    • 1 tbsp. cornmeal
    • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
    • 2 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
    • juice of one lime
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • hot sauce, to taste
1. Add oil to a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, corn and bell pepper. Cook for 7-8 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Add the garlic and cook 1-2 minutes more or until fragrant.
2. Pour in the broth and bring to a simmer. Allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
3. Transfer half of the mixture to a blender or food processor and add in the sour cream. Puree until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and then puree the remaining mixture. Add both pureed mixtures back to the saucepan.
4. Whisk in the cornmeal and bring the soup to a boil, whisking constantly until it thickens. Add the green onion, parsley and hot sauce.
5. Ladle into bowls and add a squeeze of lime juice.

I can only imagine how much sweeter this bisque would be if it was made with fresh corn instead of the frozen version. Either way, the flavors are mix well together and its filling enough that even my meat-loving husband didn't complain that we were having "another one of those meatless meals..."

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