This Tomato Basil Bisque is perfect for a chilly winter day…and it’s ready in just about 30 minutes!
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Whether I’ve been outside shoveling snow or curled up by the fire, few things can top a steaming bowl of this Tomato Basil Bisque for lunch. Throw in a grilled cheese sandwich, and I’m pretty much good to go! My wife and I used to just go with canned tomato soup, but that was before I realized exactly how easy it is to make your own. Not only is it cheaper, but the flavor really beats the heck out of the canned stuff! And it only takes about 30 minutes to make a huge batch of soup that you can enjoy for the rest of the week.
I like to garnish this Tomato Basil Bisque with a bit of sour cream or pesto. (If you’ve never tried pesto as a garnish, then you definitely need to! Check out this post for a delicious pesto recipe.) I went with sour cream this time, and with Halloween almost here, I decided to have a bit of fun. I just piped several circles of sour cream and then pulled a skewer through the circles to create this spider web design. I love getting into the Halloween spirit!
Tomato Basil Bisque
For the Soup
- Place olive oil in a large saucepan or stockpot over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, and carrots. Cook until onions are translucent in color (about 7-10 minutes).
- Add crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir and increase heat to medium-high. Bring mixture to a boil.
- Add basil leaves, oregano, bread, salt and pepper. Add 5-6 cups stock, depending on how thick you want the bisque to be. Stir and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 20 minutes.
- Using an immersion blender, process the bisque until smooth.
- Stir in heavy cream.
- Garnish with Sour Cream Topping
For the Sour Cream Topping
- In a small bowl, combine the sour cream and milk. Stir until smooth.