Tomato Bisque

This easy Tomato Bisque has a silky smooth texture and rich tomato flavor. It’s my go-to soup for pairing with grilled cheese!

I’d easily put this soup into my top 3 favorites ever.

Tomato Bisque

And what’s nice about this tomato soup is it’s not a complicated one.

The ingredients are quite simple, it doesn’t take long to make, and you can reach for the can of tomatoes here and still end up with really delicious flavor.

I often make this for myself and my family on busy weeknights, but I’ve also served this to company plenty of times. 

Just a few days ago when my husband’s family was visiting, I made a big batch of this soup in advance and simply reheated it for dinner, and made a big tray of gruyere grilled cheese sandwiches to go with it.

It’s always a hit!

Tomato Bisque Recipe

In true bisque style, this is a cream-based soup, but I find it has a really nice tomato and vegetable flavor that comes through.

Sometimes creamy soups can be too heavy for me, but this one strikes the right balance of mellowing the acidity of the tomatoes, but still undoubtedly tasting like a tomato soup.

How to Make Tomato Bisque:

To start the flavor base, crisp up a few slices of chopped bacon in a large soup pot:

How to Make Tomato Bisque

The bacon fat gives a nice flavor to the soup, and the crispy bacon makes for a great soup topper when we serve it later.

Remove the bacon bits from the pan with a slotted spoon, leaving the bacon fat behind.

Then add chopped celery, chopped onion, butter, and a pinch of salt:

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Saute the vegetables for about 5 minutes, until softened, then add all-purpose flour:

Creamy Tomato Bisque

Stir the flour in with the vegetables for about a minute, until smooth, to make a roux. This will thicken our soup later on.

Next, add canned diced tomatoes, chicken stock, a bay leaf, and some freshly cracked black pepper to the pot:

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Simmer the soup for about 15 minutes, covered, then add heavy cream:

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Stir that through, then taste for seasoning. Usually I add a little more salt at this point.

Let the soup cool slightly, then blend in batches, until creamy and smooth:

Tomato Bisque Soup Recipe

I like to pair the soup with a gruyere grilled cheese sandwich, or with crumbled bacon, croutons, and creme fraiche:

Tomato Bisque Soup

Butternut Squash Soup, Chicken Tortilla Soup, and Sausage and Kale Soup are some of my other favorite cozy soups. Enjoy!

The full recipe and a video are both below.

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Tomato Bisque

This creamy Tomato Bisque has lusciously smooth texture and rich tomato flavor. It's my go-to soup for pairing with grilled cheese!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword tomato bisque
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 281kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 strips bacon chopped
  • 2 tbsp butter (salted or unsalted)
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes (try to use a good quality organic brand)
  • 1.5 cups high-quality chicken stock or broth (Imagine organic is my favorite)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  • Heat a large soup pot over medium heat and add the bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 10 minutes. 
  • Remove the bacon bits with a slotted spoon to a paper towel, leaving the bacon fat in the pan. 
  • Add the butter, onion, and celery, and season with a pinch of salt. Cook for 5 minutes, until softened.
  • Add the flour and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, chicken stock, bay leaf, and black pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer over low heat, and cook (covered) for 20 minutes, giving the bottom of the pan a good scrape every 5 minutes. 
  • Add the heavy cream, remove the bay leaf, then season the soup to taste with salt. Because chicken stocks can vary in salt content, it's important to adjust it to your liking (I usually add 1/4 to 1/2 tsp more salt). 
  • Let the soup cool slightly, then blend the soup in batches, until silky smooth. Serve with the crumbled bacon on top, and any other desired toppings, like croutons, or a side of grilled cheese. Enjoy!

Notes

This soup is still delicious without the bacon, so if you’re vegetarian, just leave the bacon out and use vegetable stock.

Nutrition

Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 387mg | Potassium: 375mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 750IU | Vitamin C: 14.7mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1.7mg

Post updated in March 2019. Originally published July 2012.