Tomato Bisque

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 we did use fresh tomatoes, but this recipe can easily be made with canned tomatoes as well.

Recipe: Tomato Bisque - 100 Days of Real Food

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.

Tomato Bisque

I absolutely love ordering Tomato Bisque when out at restaurants and was pleasantly surprised at how tasty the outcome can be at home too.
4.9 from 46 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
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Servings: 6 people

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
  • 1 28-oz can peeled tomatoes (with liquid)
  • 3 sprigs parsley
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup heavy cream or less if desired
  • 1 teaspoon salt or more if you are using unsalted homemade broth
  • pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • Add the bacon (or other meat) and the garlic and stir for another minute or two or until the meat gets crisp.
  • Add the flour and stir vigorously for 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Pour in the broth and tomatoes and bring to a boil while whisking constantly.
  • Throw in the herbs and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.
  • 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!)
  • Stir in the desired amount of heavy cream and salt & pepper to taste. Serve warm.

Notes

Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Tomato Bisque
Amount Per Serving
Calories 615 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 79mg26%
Sodium 4077mg177%
Potassium 3977mg114%
Carbohydrates 89g30%
Fiber 21g88%
Sugar 48g53%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 3200IU64%
Vitamin C 201.5mg244%
Calcium 677mg68%
Iron 20.5mg114%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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295 thoughts on “Tomato Bisque”

  1. Perennial favorite at our house! When I’m freezing a lot, I don’t add the cream until it’s thawed and reheated-one or two servings at a time! Faster, easier reheating and seems freshly finished when I add it!

  2. 5 stars
    Love this soup! Can you tell me what the nutritional value is for it? I can’t find it in your cookbook or online.

      1. I would definitely recommend not adding the noodles in when you freeze it, it just won’t hold up. – Nicole

    1. an easy way to find nutritional info on any recipe is to put it a nutrition tracker like “my fitness pal” (That is the one I use)

  3. I am about to start simmering soup and realized I didn’t minced ge garlic – left it whole :( is this okay?

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi. Sorry, we can rarely reply to recipe questions in real time. How did it turn out?

  4. 5 stars
    Great recipe as is. I wanted lower fat.so I left out the cream and butter. I like to add mushrooms and butternut squash. I also drink it cold for breakfast. I add a scoop of unflavored protein powder for an after workout drink. Reduce down for pasta sauce. This is a staple in my house. Great as is or as a good starting point for modifications. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. I am trying to be more healthy and thought whole food would be the way to go. However, when I see ingredients such as bacon and heavy cream, red flags appear in my mind. I guess I have always equated real food=healthy food…but that is not necessarily the case. All real food is not necessarily healthy…it is just not processed which, for most American diets is a huge improvement! I think I’ll try the recipe with a few modifications. Perhaps nitrate free bacon (and cut off all visible fat) and would I be able to substitute a low fat half & half for the heavy cream?

    1. 4 stars
      Linda,
      I use a very similar recipe of my grandmothers but have adapted it. I never use pork and I use almond milk thickened blended with soy sour cream in place of heavy cream. I also use veggie stock or broth rather than chicken. for me the key is good tomatoes and a little garnish of a quality parmesan for a zip.

  6. 5 stars
    This is one of my (and my family’s) favorite soups. I make it all the time! My daughter recently requested it for her 5th birthday, and I decided to try it in our electric pressure cooker. It turned out AMAZING! Flavors seemed more pronounced. Since you can saute in the cooker, I just did everything the same as the recipe but instead of simmering, I pressure cooked it for 5 minutes. My new favorite way to cook one of my favorite soups!

  7. Tomato soup IS fairly bland. The key is awesome chicken broth. Thats the depth of flavor. But the flavor of tom soup is still fairly bland. Otherwise you have spaghetti sauce soup or taco salsa soup or curry soup, depending on what you add to jazz it up.
    Add pasta or dunk grilled cheese or quesadillas into it if you wanna get rly crazy.

  8. 4 stars
    I found this soup to be a little bland even after seasoning with salt and pepper (I also simmered it with more of each herb than the recipe called for). I seasoned it liberally at the end with more fresh herbs, chopped, and with a few dried herbs as well (basil, oregano, thyme, parsley). After adding the cream I finished each bowl off with a bit of balsamic vinegar as a nice acid at the end and then I found it really good!

    If you’re using fresh tomatoes, you may not need as much broth depending on the water content of your tomatoes. (I doubled the recipe and used 8 cups of broth.)

  9. I love this tomato bisque recipe! Honestly, it’s the only way I’ve had it so far! It’s easy to throw together a dive frozen it in batches for easy lunches throughout the week. Love it!

  10. 1 star
    This recipe is beyond rediculious for the effort put into such a small yield! And it DOES NOT taste like real tomato bisque. Terrible! Do not waste your time,

    1. Hi Bill – The yield is clearly indicated in the recipe, but you can easily adjust it by clicking the little arrows by the number of servings. The ingredient quantities will update automatically so you can print and use the recipe without extra calculations (we often make double or triple batches and freeze the leftovers in jelly jars). As for the flavor, you could reduce or omit the bacon for a more traditional flavor profile, but I personally look forward to this recipe as it is. – Jason

  11. Made this tonight and it was amazing! My 6yo, 9yo, and husband loved it. It was so easy too. It is definitely bacon-y and I’m sure that’s one of the reasons it went over so well. Thank you!

      1. Whenever I freeze soups with cream in them, when I go to reheat, I just use the immersion blender on it again. Smooths it right out again.,,
        Trying his soup tonight! Can’t wait!!

  12. My 9yo and I made this yesterday. She declared it “better than canned” (a big compliment from her!) and she has taken some in a thermos for lunch.

    1. 5 stars
      We are gluten free and Dairy Free and make this recipe often. We sub the heavy cream for a can of full-fat coconut milk, from the asian isle in the grocery store. When you buy it, shake the can, if you can’t hear liquid moving around that means it has a lot of cream in it. That’s what you want :) It also tastes great without any cream or milk–but then I guess it can’t be considered “bisque”.

      1. Does the coconut flavor cook out or does it just add another layer of depth to the end result? I can’t imagine coconut and tomato going together well

  13. Made this last night, and it was really good! I used 1 tsp dried parsley and about 1/2 tsp dried thyme as substitutes since I didn’t have fresh on hand. Served it with cheese toast, and everyone (3 kids and husband) really liked it. :)

    1. Yes, I’d put it in the blender regardless. Ideally, you’d want the tomatoes (and everything) to be smooth in a soup like this.

  14. 5 stars
    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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 5 stars
    This was such a great recipe! Definitely my new go-to tomato soup recipe! Very very tasty w/o anything too “fancy” to change it from the original, simple taste of pure tomato soup.

  18. 4 stars
    I like tomato bisque, but my youngest daughter is the real tomato soup fan here & doesn’t care for the creamed soup. Since none of us is a fan of the Campbell’s type, we have been using the tomato-basil type (Progresso or some similar brand). I’d like to make that kind of tomato soup myself and avoid the canned soup with all of the extra salt & stuff. Where can I find a healthy recipe for a tomato-basil soup? Anyone??

    1. I also do not like creamy tomato soup so I made this recipe and left out the cream and left out the ham. It was perfect. If I would have had fresh basil on hand I would have used it. I think you should try this recipe for your tomato soup.

  19. 5 stars
    This was so good! I am not usually a tomato soup kind of person, but this was just downright tasty. Even my non-tomato soup loving hubby devoured his. I’m going to make this for my in-laws when they come over for dinner next weekend.

  20. Amazing! I made this for the first time last night to take for my lunches this week and couldn’t quit sampling it. What a great recipe. Thanks so much. This one is going in my regular rotation!

  21. 5 stars
    My family is addicted to the canned tomato soup and I just cannot in good conscience serve that to them anymore. I have tried other “homemade” versions which they did not like, although I’m not sure why. However, this one was a hit! It is definitely thicker than the processed variety so I thinned it out a little more for my kids, but my picky husband raved about it. I loved that it was so easy to throw together for a weeknight “real-food” meal. I also thought that it tasted great without the cream.

  22. This may be a silly question, but do you strain the soup to get the herbs out or do you just put the entire sprig in so that it just pulls straight out? Thanks!!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      No, you do not need to strain. The sprigs will stay mostly intact, so you can just pull them out. ;)

  23. 5 stars
    This was so easy and delicious. I am on a soup cooking mission today. Needless to say, I will never buy a red and white can of tomato soup ever again.

  24. I made this recipe this weekend and my entire family absolutely loved it! My husband suggested putting it on the weekly menu and my middle child suggested the daily menu! Thanks for a great recipe!

  25. Have you ever tried freezing your tomato soup in the quart canning jars for an easy meal night in the future? I don’t see any reason this wouldn’t work just like the jelly jars, do you?

    Thanks,
    Jana

  26. This may be a silly question but how do I freeze this soup? I am new to freezing things and it seems like I have read somewhere that acidic foods such as tomatoes have to be froze a certain way to prevent bacteria growth.

  27. I made this tonight for dinner and it was delicious! I didn’t include the bacon (or any meat, for that matter) as I limit our bacon consumption to once a month. I also only added salt and pepper because I didn’t want the herbs to over power since I was feeding this to my kids. It was seriously restaurant quality! I definitely recommend the stick hand blender. I couldn’t imagine having to pour it into an actual blender or food processor. Anyway, it was just so good! I paired it with grilled cheese sandwiches which just completed the meal!

  28. 5 stars
    After realizing how nasty canned tomato soup can be I tried this recipe on my four small children. I had a hunch my kids would like it so I made a very large batch; Because of the quantity I did have to blend it in several smaller batches. I used a huge Tupperware “that’s a mega bowl” to mix it all back together. As the very large bowl full of soup sat on the table one of my children exclaimed, “It looks like a pot of gold!” It was absolutely Delicious! During the meal my kids loving renamed this tomato bisque “EDIBLE TREASURE.” I now make an even bigger batch which I divide into five portions. We eat one and freeze the other four. It makes a great quick lunch that requires little prep on a busy home school day. We were all ready on our own little real food adventure but this recipe is what got me “hooked on Lisa”…I’m a big fan. :)

  29. 5 stars
    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 :)

  30. 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!

  31. 5 stars
    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.

  32. 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.

  33. 5 stars
    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.

  34. hi, made this 2 days ago…big hit! couple of questions, when adding the flour it said to whisk for 2 minutes…but it all went to this dry paste…did I do something wrong…once I added the chicken stock it was fine, but certainly seemed odd. And I put througth the blender but still had little pieces of proscuitto in the finished soup – is that normal? And finally, how long would this keep in the fridge?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Sue. The mixture should be somewhat thick before you add the broth. The overall texture will depend upon to what degree you puree. If you puree in batches, it might be a little more smooth. ~Amy

  35. I make this at least twice a month (same as the broccoli cheese soup) and it’s a huge hit in our house. I am using your suggestion to double up batches and freeze in mason jars. Wonderful for lunch on a cold (seems like endless cold..) day!Thanks for all the awesome recipes!

  36. I’ve been wanting to try this recipe for a while now, since I’ve been following you for several months. I was JUST able to make it yesterday and it was SO good! We don’t eat a lot of bisque here in CO, so it tasted really good to me. I used about 1/2 of the cream which was perfect. Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes, you have made my life easier and my family thinks I’m the best cook! :)

  37. I know this is probably a dumb question, but do you warm the cream before adding it? Seems cold cream would make the soup not warm enough.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Sammie. I usually sit my cream out when first beginning to cook my soup and it is less cold when I add it. ~Amy

  38. I asked for an immersion blender for Valentine’s Day. So glad I got it because this bisque ROCKS! My 3 year old loved it. Such a comfort food and easy to make!

  39. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was AWESOME! Even my super picky 19 month old couldn’t get enough of it. I didn’t have any fresh thyme though, but it was still fabulous.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Christy. You could experiment with going heavier on the tomato but you would need to adjust other ingredients as well. ~Amy

  40. Hi everyone! With the frezing cold temps, I’m wanting to make some soups this week! :)

    Quick question, has anyone subbed coconut milk for the heavy cream? If so, how did it turn out? I have a dairy allergy but would love to give this a try! :)

    Thanks!

    Denise

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