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a bowl of homemade tomato bisque topped with a swirl of cream made with carrots, onion, tomatoes, basil and cream

We’re crazy about this rich and creamy tomato bisque. Dip your grilled cheese sandwich into a bowl of this and you’ll never open another can of Campbell’s again!

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The Best Tomato Bisque For The Win!

It’s hard to imagine that there could be a more perfect food than tomato soup, but this recipe for easy tomato bisque will likely win hearts and minds the next time you make it. Leave it to the French (known for their inspirational use of dairy products) to add heavy cream to soup to make it extra rich. If you’re wondering what makes a bisque a bisque, originally it was a combination of seafood and heavy cream, and now it’s most commonly known as a puréed soup that has been enriched with cream. In our recipe there’s also sautéed carrots and onions, chicken stock, canned tomatoes, and fresh basil for many levels of deliciousness. We promise, this bisque is worth writing home about.

butter, carrots, onion, tomatoes, olive oil, bay leaves, salt, pepper, chicken stock, cream and basil in bowls for bisque

Is Tomato Bisque Good For You?

Since this is a French cooking technique, we’ll also follow their “everything in moderation” lead. We love tomato bisque served with our fresh Simple Green Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette, to round out the meal. Sometimes a cream-laden soup is just what the soul needs, and for that reason, we agree that tomato bisque is indeed very good for you.

carrots and onion being cooked in butter in a pot to make tomato bisque
butter, carrots, onions, tomatoes, bay leaves, olive oil, salt, pepper and chicken stock being boiled in a pot for bisque
butter, carrots, onions, tomatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper, chicken stock and basil leaves in a pot for bisque
homemade tomato bisque being blended in a pot with an immersion blender

How To Make Homemade Tomato Bisque

  1. Start with butter, carrots, and onion in a 5 quart pot and cook until translucent.

  2. Add to this tomatoes, bay leaves, olive oil, salt, pepper and chicken stock.

  3. After a boil and a simmer, and the addition of a few fresh basil leaves, you’ll purée the soup in a blender or using an immersion blender.

  4. Are you ready to bisque? Return the soup to the pot and stir in the cream until smooth and velvety.

  5. Serve with a garnish of fresh basil, and a swirl of cream. Et voilà!

cream being poured into a pot of homemade tomato bisque made with carrots, onion, tomatoes, basil and cream
a bowl of homemade tomato bisque topped with a swirl of cream made with carrots, onion, tomatoes, basil and cream

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Did Someone Say Bisque?

There’s plenty of ways to bisque up a soup, and we have a few other ideas up our sleeves. Check out these other great bisques the next time you need a warming bowl, and our favorite grilled cheese recipe, for good measure.

a bowl of homemade tomato bisque topped with a swirl of cream made with carrots, onion, tomatoes, basil and cream
2 bowls of homemade tomato bisque topped with a swirl served with grilled cheese sandwiches

Soup’s On!

Snap a photo of your tomato bisque before you dive in. Tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Bon Appetit!

Tomato Bisque

August 17, 2022

  • Serves:6
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 40 min
  • Calories:256

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 (28 oz) cans whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream, plus more for garnish
  • 5-6 fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • Red chili pepper flakes, optional

Method

  1. In a 5 quart pot melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the carrots and onions and stir until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add in tomatoes, bay leaves, olive oil, salt, pepper and chicken stock.

  2. Bring the soup to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Allow to cook for 30 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove the bay leaves. Add in fresh basil.

  3. Transfer soup to a high powered blender and blend until smooth. Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender to blend in the pot until smooth.

  4. Return the soup to the pot and pour in the cream. Stir until cream is fully incorporated.

  5. Garnish with more fresh basil, and a swirl of cream.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories256
  • Protein3 g
  • Carbohydrates15 g
  • Total Fat22 g
  • Dietary Fiber4 g
  • Cholesterol25 mg
  • Sodium808 mg
  • Total Sugars10 g

Questions & Reviews

Avg: 5