Recipe: Tomato Bisque

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I absolutely love ordering Tomato Bisque when out at restaurants and was pleasantly surprised at how tasty the outcome can be at home too. We are at the very tail end of tomato season here in N.C. (thanks to the warm fall weather we’ve been having) so weRecipe: Tomato Bisque - 100 Days of Real Food did use fresh tomatoes, but this recipe can easily be made with canned tomatoes as well. I should also mention that my kids (who are not even tomato fans other than spaghetti and pizza sauce) loved this dish! They even asked for seconds. So enjoy and don’t forget to freeze the leftovers.

 

 

 

5.0 from 34 reviews
Tomato Bisque
Serves: 6 – 8
 
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons butter (we used unsalted)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 slices bacon, proscuitto, or ham, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 5 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
  • 5 cups chicken broth/stock
  • 1 28-ounce can of whole, peeled tomatoes (with liquid) or about 5 – 6 medium-sized fresh tomatoes that have been boiled for 1 minute and then peeled…either way they need to be roughly chopped before using
  • 3 parsley sprigs
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup heavy cream (or less if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or more if you are using unsalted homemade broth)
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat the butter in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the diced onion and cook for about 5 – 6 minutes or until it starts to get soft.
  2. Add the bacon (or other meat) and the garlic and stir for another minute or two or until the meat gets crisp.
  3. Add the flour and stir vigorously for 2 – 3 minutes.
  4. Pour in the broth and tomatoes and bring to a boil while whisking constantly.
  5. Throw in the herbs and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove the herbs and puree the soup either in a blender (in batches) or with a handheld immersion blender (if you like to make soups this is a great tool to have by the way!)
  7. Stir in the desired amount of heavy cream and salt & pepper to taste. Serve warm.

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247 comments to Recipe: Tomato Bisque

  • Bonny

    Never mind,I just re-read the paragraph above. Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to try this!

  • Abbey

    A+. We made this bisque tonight and it was perfect! Added a can of tomato paste like another reviewer did for a more tomato flavor, a and tasted as we went along to ensure the flavor was what we wanted. Dear hubby enjoyed it too (he added a bit more bacon)! Overall a great recipe. We’ll keep this recipe on hand. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • Danielle

    I tried this recipe this evening, once again I felt as though it was missing ‘something’, not sure if it’s a spice or what. I wasn’t a fan of the bacon either, too chewy. I used the hand held mixer to crush all the ingredients and it smelled amazing cooking, I didn’t care for the taste. I also added basil, parsely, and more garlic to it, and still it was not a go at our house. So far, I love your baking recipes, not sure if I like any of the cooking ones!

  • Judy W.

    I don’t know why it took me so long to make homemade tomato soup! Thank you for this recipe!! I did not include the meat (because I did not have any on hand) nor the heavy cream and it was still amazing! I made a toasted cheese on the homemade honey wheat sandwich bread with cheddar cheese and it was such a great combination. Tasted like comfort food on a cold winter day and I felt good about eating it because I knew exactly what was in it. I’m freezing the rest in small containers since I’m the only person in my house that likes tomato soup.

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