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30-Minute Tomato Basil Bisque

This creamy tomato basil bisque has all the great tomato-basil taste mellowed only slightly by a touch of rich cream. It is a quick weeknight meal that you can enjoy over and over again.
Course Dinner, Soup
Cuisine American Classic
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 161kcal
Author Diana Reis


  • 1 23 oz Canned Tomatoes Whole Peeled in Puree or Crushed
  • 1 Bundle Fresh Basil Stems Removed
  • 1 Small Yellow onion Roughly Chopped
  • 2 Cloves garlic Sliced
  • 1 Quarts Chicken Broth
  • ½ Cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper


  • Roughly chop garlic and yellow onion.
  • Heat a 5 quart soup pot or Dutch Oven on medium heat.
  • Add butter and olive oil to the pot. Then add onions and garlic with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Sauté until the onions are translucent.
  • Transfer the cooked onion and garlic to the blender.
  • Next, put cleaned basil leaves, canned tomatoes, garlic, and onions into the blender.
  • Blend until the mixture is smooth and completely combined.
  • Add the tomato mixture back to the soup pot
  • Then, add one quart of chicken broth.
  • Simmer the tomato soup for 20 minutes.
  • Finally, add ½ cup of heavy cream. Stir and bring soup back to a simmer.
  • Serve with grilled cheese sandwiches or your favorite green salad.


  • Don’t take too much time chopping the onions and garlic. A rough chop is all you need because you are going to blend them along with the tomatoes and basil.
  • Never bring this cream based soup to a boil. Keep the pot at a low simmer. Boiling will curdle the cream. Low heat will ensure perfectly smooth bisque.


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 1783mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 419IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg