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. Sweet red pepper enhances the lovely tomato-basil flavor. —Veronique Deblois, Mine Hill, New Jersey
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 cups: 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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antiemirandy User ID: 6541278 217419
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

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

wasoongu User ID: 1077273 94802
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."

BFoley36 User ID: 7971827 208672
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!!!"

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 149170
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2014

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

kalygirl User ID: 5774036 208671
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2013


Tom Brezzy User ID: 5637920 94778
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2013

"Rave reviews from both wife and daughter. This is our favorite tomato soup recipe! Outstanding"

Janeypoo User ID: 7132138 208670
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2013

"Wicked wicked recipe. Tastes amazing. *note: I would add some garlic, adds good flavor. Also, I didn't have tomato paste but ketchup worked just fine! Thanks for this great, simple recipe. Its a keeper!"

Zuker User ID: 6730078 95655
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2012

"I tried this recipe last weekend after having some delicious tomato-basil bisque on vacation hoping I could come close to replicating it. This recipe was awesome and significantly exceeded my expectations! I can't wait to play with some additional flavors (i.e. a touch of crushed red pepper - addition of shrimp or crab as others have suggested). This recipe is most definitely a keeper!"

[email protected] User ID: 5326454 67433
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"My husband and I love this recipe. It is absolutely delicious!"

ahmom User ID: 3426126 95654
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2011

"Very good. I used lactose free milk and home grown tomatoes. very good."

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