Tomato Bisque Recipe

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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. This recipe pairs perfectly with a grilled cheese sandwich during those colder months. Make sure to make a double batch to freeze for later.
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Tomato Bisque recipe served in a white bowl with garnish

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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 tomato bisque recipe can easily be made with canned tomatoes as well. (For a tomato bisque with fresh tomatoes, aim for roughly 10 of them in lieu of the canned version we use for this recipe).

Easy Tomato Bisque Soup Recipe

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. Tomato bisque is a great way to sneak some more veggies into your family’s diet! The creamy and delicious soup is packed with flavor, and seriously stands as an entire meal on its own. So enjoy and don’t forget to freeze the leftovers!

Below, find our recipe for making Tomato Bisque from scratch including all of the hearty ingredients and step-by-step directions!

Creamy Homemade Tomato Bisque

This is a great opportunity to use up some extra tomatoes from the garden, and a must-try easy to make soup recipe if you’re new to the game! I intentionally created this recipe with nutrition and ingredient quality in mind. Unlike the canned stuff, there’s no hidden sodium or sugars. That makes this bisque a comfort-style meal your whole family can enjoy without sacrificing your commitment to real food.

How to Make This an Even More Creamy Tomato Bisque

True to this recipe, it’s really easy to make it this tomato bisque even creamier! The secret isn’t in the hearty whole wheat roux, but instead the heavy cream. Whether you’re using organic or regular cream, you can simply adjust the creaminess of this tomato bisque by adding more or less. Pairing it with a grilled cheese? You might want it to be a bit on the creamy side so it’s perfect for dipping!

Tip: If you don’t have any heavy cream on hand, whole milk can be substituted, but of course wont’ be as thick. Add it a little at a time to get the texture and taste combination you’re looking for.

Can you Freeze Tomato Bisque?

This tomato bisque recipe is ideal for freezing! In fact, I recommend doubling the batch so your next soup night can be an easy one. Whether you’re saving your leftovers for another meal or cooking a batch of this ahead of time, you’ll find it freezes exceptionally well. To freeze this bisque, pour the completely cooled soup into freezer proof jars up to the fill line, screw on the top, and add a label with date. We use a mix of 8 oz jelly jars (for individual servings) and 16 oz wide mouth mason jars at our house.

*I suggest consuming the frozen soup within a year for best flavor and consistency, however there is no safety issue if you wait longer.

How to Reheat Bisque:

Place the freezer container under some warm water momentarily to help dislodge the frozen bisque if need be. Next, place the frozen soup in a pot and cook it on low to medium temperature to melt and then begin reheating.

Alternatively, you could freeze it in smaller portions and reheat it in the microwave for work or school lunches! Open the container and set the lid aside (no metal in the microwave!), place a folded piece of paper towel on top to avoid splatters, and microwave it on the reheat setting until it’s steaming and heated through.

More Soup Recipes

I have many more soup recipes for you to try. Enjoy!

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  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 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.