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Gorgonzola and White Wine Bisque

January 21, 2014

gorgonzola bisqueMust Love Gorgonzola!  I for one, just love the unique taste of gorgonzola.  Its creaminess and green/blue marbling is a gentle version to the sharp taste of blue cheese.  Gorgonzola is always a staple in my fridge, topping it on salads, melted into polenta, sprinkled on pizza or any dish I feel needs a bit of extra zest.

This bisque is very light in texture; the color is enhanced by the carrots used to flavor and thicken the bisque.  I didn’t want to add any more fat into this bisque by using cream, so I used cannellini beans to “cream” and slightly thicken the soup. Sometimes my love of gorgonzola makes it difficult for me to accurately judge how others may take to its taste, so I was able to do a quick taste test last night with a special friend, who gave it a definite thumbs up!!

Amazing…truly.  And just like my style, it can be served as a dinner party first course bisque, classy, sophisticated followed by filet mignon or served comfy, casually, blue jeans, buffalo chicken wings and celery sticks!  Don’t we all just to love being able to dress up and dress down depending on our moods?!  Like that favorite little black dress :)

gorgonzola bisque prep Simple ingredients, celery, carrot, onions, broth, cannellini beans and white wine, both for the bisque and the cook to sip while chopping away.  About 45 minutes of cooking time, blending to a silky smooth texture, and gently rewarm.  I’m hoping for a few more chilly days here, a chance to build a fire at least once this winter and sip a warming cup of bisque.

Gorgonzola and White Wine Bisque

3 tablespoons ghee or butter

2 cups sweet onions, chopped

3 stalks celery, chopped

3 carrots, peeled and chopped

1 cup cooked cannellini beans

3 cups chicken broth, homemade or quality store bought

1 cup white wine, your favorite, I used a Sauvignon blanc

1/2 pound gorgonzola cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium saucepan, melt the better and gently sauté the onion, celery and carrots, covered, until tender, about 25 minutes.  Add in the cannellini beans, broth and white wine, bring to a boil, reduce eat and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes.  Transfer the soup to a blender and add in the gorgonzola cheese.  Process until smooth being careful to not completely fill the blender with liquid; process in parts if necessary.

Return all to the saucepan and gently warm.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Sprinkle on chopped green onions, optional.  Makes about 4-6 servings.  Can be made ahead and gently rewarmed.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2014 3:20 pm

    This bisque looks stunning and you are right , it would make a terrific first course. I like that you thickened it with beans instead of cream. Much healthier but with much more taste.

  2. January 21, 2014 4:19 pm

    I love all blue cheese and gorgonzola of course. Like you, I find it very handy to add to a number of dishes. Your broth sounds very warming and comforting and I’m sure the gorgonzola lifts it to another dimension xx

  3. January 21, 2014 4:55 pm

    This sounds divine and I love that you used the beans in it instead of more dairy. Seems very healthy, too, which is always a bonus!

  4. January 21, 2014 6:26 pm

    This sounds wonderful! I love all blue cheeses and gorgonzola, naturally.

    Your soup bowl is beautiful – it looks like it is hand painted!

  5. January 21, 2014 9:08 pm

    You’re so creative, Linda! I love Gorgonzola and would really enjoy this soup. I’ve got a new fondness for Cannellini beans as well, it’s a brilliant idea to use them to thicken your soup! I’m going to bookmark this one, I’ve got some really sweet carrots in the fridge ready to go:D

  6. January 21, 2014 9:15 pm

    Your soup sound delicious and beans is the perfect way to give some body to your soup. I bet it is very rich tasting. Take Care, BAM

  7. January 22, 2014 10:20 am

    Agree, using the beans was a brilliant move!

    love the plate, by the way… what a nice photo!

  8. January 22, 2014 10:23 am

    I agree with everyone else on using the beans to thicken, it’s a great addition and I love gorgonzola, this soup sounds delicious!

  9. January 22, 2014 10:52 am

    I adore gorgonzola (and dolcelattte) and love the beans in this beautiful soup :)

  10. January 22, 2014 1:50 pm

    I love everything about this post. I’m a true fan of gorgonzola.. The bisque looks fabulous, presented in such a beautiful way. I love that place setting… just gorgeous!! Cannellini beans was a genius move! Love that.

  11. January 24, 2014 7:26 pm

    Sounds delicious!

  12. January 25, 2014 8:07 am

    What everyone else said I agree. Sounds and looks lovely. Beans an awesome move!

  13. January 27, 2014 8:35 am

    What a lovely soup and my tongue is tingling at the thought of eating it.

  14. February 6, 2014 5:07 pm

    What’s not to love about this? Love, love, love it!

  15. February 10, 2014 11:19 am

    Hi Linda! This soup looks just amazing. I’m a fan of gorgonzola, but I don’t believe Mike is – he tends to shy away from strong cheese. Mr. N would enjoy it though. The beans were a great addition too. This sounds so warming and perfect for this winter!

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