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easy tomato bisque

Easy Tomato Bisque with Fresh Tomatoes

Classic tomato soup is always such a great comfort food, but it really doesn’t take much more effort to elevate it to a rich, decadent tomato bisque. 
Course Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine French
Keyword soup, tomato
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 lbs tomatoes
  • 2 tsp beef bouillon base
  • 1 Tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped plus extra for serving


  • For a smoother texture, run the tomatoes through a food mill to remove seeds and skins. For a chunkier texture, blanch the tomatoes to remove the skins, remove seeds by hand and finely dice.
  • Place tomatoes in a large pot over medium high heat. Stir in the bouillon sugar, salt, bay leaf and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce temperature and simmer 30 minutes.
  • In a non-stick saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour all at once to form a roux, cook 1 minute. Whisk in milk, a little at a time, cooking and stirring constantly. Once all milk is incorporated, add fresh basil. Continue cooking and stirring until thickened.
  • Stir milk mixture into the tomato mixture and heat through. Garnish with fresh basil and serve with a delicious grilled cheese sandwich.


Recommended Equipment:
Food Mill