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small soup bowl full of tomato bisque with cream drizzled on top
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Creamy Tomato Bisque

This Tomato Bisque is so easy to make and home, and is the perfect light lunch or side for dinner. Serve it with some crusty bread and a salad for the most comforting of meals.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minute meal, creamy soup
Servings: 5 cups
Calories: 295kcal
Author: Lisa Longley


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 of a small red onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves diced
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 cups tomato juice see note
  • 28 ounces 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 tomato juice a little at a time, about a few tablespoons at a time, only adding more toamto juice 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.


This recipe originally called for V8, a brand of tomato and vegetable juice sold in the United States. It was changed to make it more accessible. If you want to make the original, use 2 cups of V8 and 1/2 a teaspoon of salt instead of 1 teaspoon.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 513mg | Potassium: 233mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g