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Creamy Tomato Bisque

5 from 5 votes

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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?!

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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!

Substitutions

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 SoupTaco Soup Recipe & Broccoli Cheese Soup.

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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.

onions celery carrots in butter

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

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

I really like using an immersion blender. It’s so darn convenient. This is the one I have and it’s great!

If you are one who does not have an immersion blender, a high powdered blender works just as well. This is the blender I have and it works wonders.

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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.

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5 from 5 votes

Creamy Tomato Bisque

This Creamy Tomato Bisque is absolutely sinful! Eat with a grilled cheese sandwich or another side dish that you enjoy.
servings 4 Servings
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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!

Notes

You could use whole milk, but after the 1/4 lb. of butter, why would you choose the ‘lighter’ option?!

Nutrition

Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 1165mg | Potassium: 904mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 4155IU | Vitamin C: 40.7mg | Calcium: 240mg | Iron: 3.4mg
Course: Lunch, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Tomato Bisque, Tomato Bisque Recipe, Tomato Bisque Soup

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11 Responses
  1. Michelle Frogge

    I cannot wait to give this a try! It is the season for soup and I am in search of the perfect tomato to go with my grilled cheese.

    1. Susie thompson

      WOW…look at the sodium content. Daily serving of sodium is about 2000 MG I heard What can I cut out that would make that less?

  2. Jennifer Miller

    I have always wanted to try making tomato soup because it is my favorite. This looks easy enough for me to try. Can’t wait! Thanks!

  3. Ashley Schlatter

    5 stars
    I have been looking for a new tomato soup recipe and this will be my first try! Love that it’s creamy! Happy 10 years blogging!

  4. Allison

    Maybe I’m . missing it, but are curry powder and the half and half missing from the ingredient list? Just want to make sure I get the right ingredients on my shopping list! Love your recipes.

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  8. Lauren

    5 stars
    I made this soup a couple of weeks ago and I LOVED it! I actually left the half & half out completely because I liked it so much without. Thank you for the great recipe. I am going to be making this again soon!

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