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.




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Tomato Bisque
Serves: 6 – 8
  • 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
  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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210 comments to Recipe: Tomato Bisque

  • Melodie

    Had a request from my 10 year old for tomato soup and grilled cheese. Tried this one with canned tomatoes from my garden last year. It was delicious. I omitted the bacon, but subbed bacon fat for the butter as I didn’t want to open a package of bacon for just a couple of slices. I also omitted the flour and added a small can of tomato paste so it had a bit more tomato flavor. I also used whole milk instead of cream (again what I had in the fridge) Everyone loved it and I think my son is disappointed he won’t have any to take for lunch tomorrow. The soup was still pretty thick after blending it without the flour. This is a great basic recipe that can easily be tweaked to what you have on hand or want to leave out.

  • Patty

    Made this recipe for the first time tonight. I am new to making soups from scratch so was a little nervous but it turned out great. We are new to the clean eating lifestyle and my boys are hard to please. This was a hit.

  • monica

    Made this as part of my lazy day freezer meal stock and used a can of pureed white beans instead of cream. Delicious. Have to cook it a little longer to make sure it’s blended, but tastes exactly the same. Love this recipe.

  • Megan

    I’ve seen this soup in lunch round up posts with whole wheat noodles added. Do you add those before you freeze this, or after you have reheated it? Thanks!

  • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

    Hi Megan. You could do it either way. :)

  • Megan

    This soup was very easy and tastes great, with the exception of being a little salty for my tastes. I used homemade broth that I salted, but I think in combination with the butter and prosciutto, it was a little too much. I’ll have to be sure to use unsalted butter next time. I also like the idea of adding a tiny can of tomato paste, but to give it some extra rich tomato flavor. I only used about 3/4 cup of heavy cream, adding and tasting it as I went. I love how easy and simple this is, and I immediately portioned it out and put it in the freezer! I’ll be so happy on a rainy day :)

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