You'll love this easy Smoked Tomato Bisque! Simple all-natural ingredients and ready in 20-minutes but tastes like you've been cooking all day!
When we were developing this recipe, my daughter and I agreed that we'd stay away from the proverbial "tomato basil" soup and go for something with more emphasis on the "smokiness"...for this reason, there's no herbs like basil or oregano in the recipe.
We tried one version with oregano and it tasted like pasta sauce; so we made it again with more smoked paprika and no herbs...I think you'll like the roasted, smoky flavor!
What is a Bisque?
Bisque is a French-type soup based on crustaceans or vegetable puree and thickened with cream. The difference between a cream-based soup and bisque is relative to when the cream is added: in a bisque, the cream is added earlier in the recipe.
You'll love this recipe!
- Tastes like it took all day- the warm flavor profile of this smoked tomato bisque gives the impression you've been slow-roasting and smoking ripe tomatoes all day...
- Lower in sodium: only 22mg of sodium per cup ; compare that to Amy's brand which has 140mg/cup
- Easy clean-up: one pan
- No chopping - this recipe is quick and easy and uses dried onion and garlic powders, so there's no chopping or sautéeing involved.
- Versatile - make it as mild or spicy as you like!
The measurements of black pepper and cayenne produce a slightly peppery flavor, resulting in a small amount of heat. The smoky paprika produces the "smoky flavor."
If you don't care for spicy, add the black and cayenne pepper in increments of ½ teaspoon. Since these are dried spices, they blend quickly and you can taste-as-you-go to determine how much you like.
Here's what you'll need:
Crushed tomatoes, onion and garlic powder, black pepper, smoked paprika, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, heavy cream and lemon juice.
How to make it:
This smoked tomato soup is as easy as heating up a can of soup, only it tastes much better and lower in sodium than canned soup. Put the crushed tomatoes in a large saucepan on medium-low heat.
Cook for about 5-minutes, stirring constantly. (The crushed tomatoes will try to splatter and bubble if you use high heat because there's no added oil!)
Add the dry spices, cream and bay leaf; cook another 5-10 minutes; stir in lemon juice
Remove bay leaf, pour into bowl, garnish with croutons, a drizzle of cream and/or shredded cheese
Make sure you have fresh smoked paprika; there's sweet and smoked. Get smoked.
Let the cream sit out before adding it to the hot smoked tomato soup
Add lemon last
Can't find crushed tomatoes? Get peeled ones and puree them in the food processor first!
I usually serve this quick and easy smoked tomato bisque with a grill cheese sandwich, but it's great also as a warm dipping sauce!
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Smoked Tomato Bisque
- 56 ounces Tomatoes , canned, crushed
- 2 teaspoons paprika , smoked
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin ,
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- In a large saucepan on low heat, add crushed tomatoes and bay leaf; cook for 5 minutes
- Add spices and cream; cook 5-minutes
- Add lemon juice; cook 5-minutes
- Allow soup to simmer for about 5 minutes; remove bay leaf and serve
- If you don't care for spicy, add the black and cayenne pepper in increments of ½ teaspoon. Since these are dried spices, they blend quickly and you can taste-as-you-go to determine how much you like.