Chunky Tomato-Basil Bisque Recipe
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Chunky Tomato-Basil Bisque Recipe

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"My husband, Patrick Maas, makes this wonderful, creamy bisque," writes Veronique Deblois of Mine Hill, New Jersey. "Sweet red pepper enhances the lovely tomato-basil flavor."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 6 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup loosely packed basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cup: 383 calories, 36g fat (22g saturated fat), 122mg cholesterol, 1214mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 4g fiber), 3g protein


  1. In a large saucepan, saute the celery, onion and red pepper in butter for 5-6 minutes or until tender. Add tomatoes and tomato paste. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 40 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat. Stir in the basil, sugar, salt and pepper; cool slightly. Transfer half of the soup mixture to a blender. While processing, gradually add cream; process until pureed. Return to the pan; heat through (do not boil). Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Chunky Tomato-Basil Bisque in Taste of Home June/July 2007, p59

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Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

"delicious. I did like the celery but left out the onion, red pepper and basil."

Reviewed Sep. 10, 2014

"The celery in this soup was a mistake. I reduced it to 4 stalks, but it was still overpowering. I recommend leaving it out entirely or trying another recipe. TOH's "Tomato Basil Soup Recipe" is great."

Reviewed Sep. 4, 2014

"I have made tomato bisques before. This one topped the charts. Perfectly seasoned and well balanced in texture. 100 thumbs up to the recipe creator. The only thing I may have changed would be to add another half a cup if fresh basil. I will be enjoying this soup with homemade Croque Monsieurs!!!"

Reviewed Jul. 27, 2014

"This is a delicious recipe!! Tastes like the tomato basil bisque at one of my favorite restaurants."

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2013


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