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Creamy Tomato Bisque

5 from 3 votes

posted: 11/07/14

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This Creamy Tomato Bisque will make you feel like you are eating at a fancy cafe, right at home! Thank you V8 for sponsoring this post and helping me create this amazingly delicious soup!

This Creamy Tomato Bisque will make you feel like you are eating at a fancy cafe, right at home!


The other day I asked on my FB page what you like to cook the most. Lots of people responded with their love for baking, which I totally get. What I didn’t expect, was how many people would comment that they have been loving making soups.

I was so pumped, because I had just spent the day making this amazing soup and photographing it.

I love a good soup recipe too! In the winter, my family eats soup like once a week. We would probably eat it more, but my kids don’t really get the concept of soup . . . like why is it so wet?? What is with all the liquid? Isn’t liquid for drinking not . . . eating?? We gave up on them ages ago and now just make hearty soups that we can strain. I’m not even kidding. We take slotted spoons to our soups and give them the innards. It kind of works out well, because it leaves lots of delicious broth for my husband and I to soak up with our crusty bread.

This Creamy Tomato Bisque will make you feel like you are eating at a fancy cafe, right at home!

I have a decent number of soups up on Wine & Glue, and if I’m being honest, it takes everything in me to not have each and everyone have a tomato base. OMG. There is just nothing more comforting than a soup that starts with tomatoes. So it was about time that I made a Creamy Tomato Bisque, right??

The base of this Creamy Tomato Bisque starts with some V8. And, seriously, it could have not worked better in this soup. It’s flavor was spot on for it, and besides, each cup is packed with two servings of vegetables! I think I just found my new go to starter for soups!

If you haven’t already read about V8’s #V8VegOut campaign, you can read all about their dares here. Why does V8 want you to Veg Out with them?? They LOVE veggies! For over 80 years they have been creating amazing products packed with veggies, and they want the world to share in their love.

So if you are looking for a delicious way to veg out, then you must make some of this delicious and warm soup!

This Creamy Tomato Bisque will make you feel like you are eating at a fancy cafe, right at home!


5 from 3 votes

Creamy Tomato Bisque

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Prep: 5 minutes


  • 3 TBSPs unsalted butter
  • 1/2 of a small red onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves diced
  • 1/2 TBSP dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 TBSPs all purpose flour
  • 2 cups V8
  • 28 oz whole tomatoes and their juice
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  • In a large stock pot over medium low heat, melt butter. Add garlic, red onion, salt, and pepper. Cook until the onion is translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. The pieces of onion should break apart very easily with the end of a wooden spoon.
  • Whisk in the flour and continue cooking until the flour is fragrant and a light brown color.
  • Whisk in the V8 a little at a time, about a few tablespoons at a time, only adding more V8 once the previous amount is fully whisked in.
  • Stir in the crushed red pepper flakes and basil.
  • Add the tomatoes and bring to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer and continue cooking, covered, for 15 minutes. At a simmer the bubbles should be the size of small grapes.
  • Either using an immersion blender or working in batches with a stand blender, puree the soup.
  • Remove from the heat and gently stir in the heavy cream.
  • Serve with crusty bread.
Author: Lisa Longley

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This Creamy Tomato Bisque will make you feel like you are eating at a fancy cafe, right at home!

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  1. Rick says

    5 stars
    I made this at work for soup of the day. Sooooo many compliments! One older gentleman said it was the best he had ever had. It is amazing. I loved it and will be making again!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I couldn’t be happier to hear this! Thank you!

  2. Joan says

    What thickener would you recommend to replace the flour? I’m trying to make this GF for a friend. Thank you!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I haven’t tried thickening soup with a gluten free flour, but that is where I would start.

  3. Renee McLeaney says

    5 stars
    Love the recipe! I threw in a little parmesan, but otherwise as written. Yum!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you like it!

  4. Tina Miller says

    5 stars
    I have made this soup probably a dozen times. It is super (see what I did there) easy. I almost always have everything I need. And it is even better the second day! We like it with parmesan crisps to give it a little crunch and extra flavor.

    • Lisa Longley says

      This makes me so happy! Thank you for taking the time to tell me, Tina!

  5. Angel McCollum says

    I was just reading another recipe for Creamy Tomato Cheese Tortellini Soup because I have some leftover ricotta & spinach tortellini I need to do something with. I saw this recipe and thought ‘Why not use this and toss in some cheese tortellini?’ And I have some V8 juice I need to use up too. It sounds delish!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you love it Angel!

  6. Louise Sebastian says

    The recipe sounds yummy. I want to serve it as a soup course for my Christmas Eve dinner. As the recipe stands, how many would it serve?

    • Lisa Longley says

      This makes roughly 6 cups. So if you are serving it as one of a few sides, I would count on six servings.

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