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Creamy Tomato Basil Bisque

  • Author: Shanna Mallon
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


A bowl of creamy tomato basil bisque is the perfect comfort food to indulge in at the end of a long day, with a grilled cheese sandwich.



For the Basil Oil:

For the Soup:


  1. To make the basil oil, puree basil leaves together with oil in a high-speed blender until smooth.
  2. Strain through a fine mesh sieve or chinois twice. Do not press down on the mixture or you’ll end up with a bitter note to the oil.
  3. Let sit for 2 hours before storing in an airtight container. While the basil oil is resting, start on the soup.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. On the blossom end of each tomato (opposite the stem), score with an “X” with a paring knife. Add tomatoes to the boiling water.
  5. Boil for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove from the water to a bowl filled with ice water. Remove the tomatoes from water and gently peel.
  6. Remove the seeds from each tomato. Add tomato pieces to a large bowl. Add the seeds and goop that you remove to a sieve placed over the bowl of tomatoes. Mash the innards through a bowl to get all the flavor from those, without the seeds. Set aside.
  7. Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onion, stirring occasionally until the onion has softened, approximately 7 minutes.
  8. Add tomatoes, chicken stock, and sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the liquid reduces by one quarter, approximately 20 minutes.
  9. Turn off heat and cool the mixture for about 10 minutes. Using a stick blender, puree the soup until it is smooth. If you don’t have a stick blender, you can also use a blender or food processor, working in batches.
  10. Bring the pureed soup to a simmer over medium heat, then add cream and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Ladle into bowls, and garnish with an extra drizzle of heavy cream and basil oil.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Lunch

Keywords: basil, tomato, bisque, cream, soup