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This Creamy Tomato Bisque is absolutely sinful! This soup is filled with lots of veggies, plus butter and cream for good measure and blended to perfection! I like mine a little chunky, but feel free to keep that blender going until it’s completely smooth. Serve with a grilled cheese sandwich or another side dish that you enjoy and that’s a delicious dinner.
Not Your Average Tomato Bisque
I’m not sure there is a better tomato soup I love more than this Tomato Bisque. This is a recipe that I got from my Mom who got it from a lady at church. She served it one night at a church event and basically made everyone fall in love with tomato bisque.
Typically, most tomato soup recipes are one-note and plain and boring, but THIS one…oh my goodness gracious…this is anything but plain and boring. It’s fabulous. I want to bathe in it that’s how good it is. Seriously delicious. Eat this with a little-grilled cheese sandwich and you’re in heaven. Or maybe try some homemade crackers?!
But first, what’s the difference between soup and bisque?
Technically, soup is a very general term. It can mean broth-based, cream-based, chowders, or bisques. Bisque is a kind of soup, generally creamy, very smooth, and made with some kind of shellfish or roasted/sauteed vegetables. All bisques are soups but all soups are not bisques.
This Tomato Bisque recipe isn’t completely smooth because I like it to have a little texture, but feel free to blend it completely smooth!
One of the things I love about soups is that I can sneak a bunch of vegetables in there without anyone knowing! In this recipe, I add onions, carrots and celery. Use what you have! Here are a couple common substitute ingredient questions I get asked.
Vegetable Stock – If you want to make this soup completely vegetarian friendly, substitute chicken broth with vegetable stock.
Whole Milk – You can substitute Half & Half with whole milk if you’re wanting a “lighter” option or happen to have whole milk on hand.
If tomato bisque isn’t your thing here are some other soups that will knock your socks off: Chicken Noodle Soup with Homemade Noodles, Cream of Cauliflower Soup, Taco Soup Recipe & Broccoli Cheese Soup.
How to Make Tomato Bisque
Do not be fooled by the fancy name! Tomato Bisque is such an easy soup to make! For full details, see the recipe card down below. Here is what you can expect when making this recipe.
Sauté Chopped Veggies
In a large pot, melt butter. Stir in celery, onion, and carrot and sauté until veggies are soft.
Add Flour to Veggies + Remaining Ingredients (except Half & Half + Curry Powder)
Sprinkle flour over vegetables and stir. Not including the half & half and curry powder, mix in the rest of the ingredients, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally.
Puree soup with an immersion blender or a regular blender (but be really careful! Its HOT STUFF!). Pour blended soup back into the soup pot.
Stir in Half & Half, Curry Powder + Serve!
Stir in half & half and curry powder. DO NOT boil once this has been added!
Serve your tomato bisque hot!
Blending Soup Smooth
Storing Leftover Creamy Tomato Bisque
Store any leftover Tomato Bisque in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Can I freeze Tomato Bisque?
Unfortunately, no. Soups with any cream or milk in them tend to separate when frozen, and tends to change the texture from smooth to grainy.
Love Warm, Comforting Soup? Try These Favorites:
- Sweet Potato Curry Soup
- Tomato Basil Soup Recipe
- Chicken Pot Pie Soup
- Hamburger Soup
- Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Printable recipe is below! Save save save this recipe, folks. It’s so tasty!
Creamy Tomato Bisque
- In a large pot, melt butter over medium-low heat. Stir in celery, onion, and carrot and sauté until veggies are soft, 10-15 minutes.
- Sprinkle flour over vegetables and stir until well incorporated. Mix in the rest of the ingredients and cover and simmer 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Puree soup with an immersion blender or a regular blender (but be really careful! Its HOT STUFF!) until smooth. Pour blended soup back into the soup pot.
- Stir in 2 cups half & half with 1/2 teaspoon curry powder. DO NOT boil once this has been added! Serve hot!