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White soup tureen filled with Tomato Basil Bisque

Tomato Basil Bisque

Tangy, tasty and terrific, this Tomato Basil Bisque is smooth, creamy and full of rich tomato flavor. And, the flavors are perfectly blended and balanced by the addition of a special ingredient not found in most tomato soup recipes. Perfect for a cool fall evening!

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
  • 2 cans (14.5-ounce) diced tomatoes with garlic and basil, undrained
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 1/4 cups butternut squash, peeled and diced (around 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups light cream (half and half)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (or more to taste)


  1. In a large saucepan, melt butter with olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and chopped onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft.
  2. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, butternut squash, chicken broth, basil and thyme. Season to taste with sugar, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Cover and simmer for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until squash is fork-tender.
  3. Purée soup, either in the pan with an immersion blender or in a standing blender (put back in the saucepan if you use the latter).
  4. Stir in 1 cup of light cream and Tabasco; adjust seasonings as needed. Add more cream as needed to taste (Use all 2 cups for a creamier soup).
  5. Reheat soup, then ladle into bowls and serve.


Variation: Omit the squash, add 2 more cans of diced tomatoes, decrease the tomato paste to 2 tablespoons, decrease the chicken broth to 1 1/2 cups and increase the sugar to 1 teaspoon.

Vegetarian: use vegetable broth in place of chicken broth.

Make ahead: Soup can be made up to 2 days ahead, covered and refrigerated. Reheat over medium heat.

  • Author: From "A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®" by Sally Clayton and Lee Clayton Roper
  • Category: Soups, easy entertaining
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American