This recipe is a great way to use the harvest of fall. The rich, velvety soup makes a special first course, and the flavors of root vegetables really shine with a subtle sweetness from apple.—Denice Hageli, Elmhurst, Illinois
I've always enjoyed seafood bisque at restaurants and one day decided to try my hand at a homemade version. Everyone says this is one of the better recipes they've tasted. —Cindy Rogowski, Lancaster, New York
I always double this recipe whenever I prepare it, since we love leftovers. This is the easiest soup I've ever made. Our 10-month-old daughter can really dig in, since this thick nutritious mixture clings to her spoon. We prefer it warm, but it can also be served chilled.
-Gayle Becker, Mt. Clemens, Michigan
Your family is bound to dig in to this brimming bowl! The sensational soup packs lots of pleasing ingredients, and is extra fun to eat when you pipe on a sour cream snowflake. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Folks are sure to comment about the awesome roasted red pepper flavor in this velvety soup. It's a fantastic first course for special occasions or alongside sandwiches at a casual gathering.—Mary Zettlemaier, Chelsea, Michigan
My family really enjoys this soup when we make it from our garden tomatoes. When those tomatoes are plentiful, I make a big batch (without mayonnaise) and freeze it. Then we can enjoy it even after the garden is gone for the season.
I'M always improvising on recipes. For this one, I started with a basic creamed vegetable soup, and then added roasted squash and leeks for a distinctive taste.
This soup is a great way to get folks to eat veggies. They only know how wonderful it tastes and pretty it looks!
-Dianna Wacasey, Houston, Texas