Creamy Tomato Bisque – A Cozy and comforting soup made with fresh tomatoes, herbs, garnished with cream and served with crunchy croutons makes a perfect lunch! Serve with a crispy, gooey grilled cheese sandwich and I would call it a treat!
First 2-weeks of September took us from extreme heat to a week of cold rainy days. The good part is that we get to stay indoors a lot more and enjoy our favorite soups and chilies. Perfect way to huddle up with the family and enjoy some soul warming foods.
I am pretty sure most of you have a favorite restaurant that serves the best Tomato Bisque. For me it is a restaurant called Yard House in New York. I look forward to my hot comforting bowl of soup each time I go there. And this here, is my healthy take on the delicious restaurant inspired Tomato bisque soup!
What is a Bisque?
Bisque is a soup made with vegetables or seafood, that is pureed with addition of cream to get a smooth, velvety texture. More often made with Seafood, I love this fresh and satisfying vegetarian Creamy Tomato Bisque with some crunchy garlic croutons dunked in.
Tomato Bisque is often made using canned tomatoes and is a great option when tomatoes are not in season. I personally love making this soup with vine-grown tomatoes and fish herbs like parsley, basil and oregano. But yes definitely can use canned tomatoes to make this creamy tomato bisque.
Step by step Creamy tomato bisque recipe in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker:
- Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and heat oil. Add onion, celery, garlic, carrots, tomatoes, oregano, basil and parsley cook for a minute until fragrant.Add broth and salt. Mix well. Close the Instant Pot with pressure valve to sealing.
- Set the Instant Pot to Manual/Pressure Cook for 8 minutes. Followed by quick release or NPR. Open the Instant Pot, and carefully puree the soup using an immersion blender. Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode. Stir in honey, cream and pepper. Bring to a gentle boil.
- Laddle into bowls, sprinkle some cayenne pepper for an extra kick. Enjoy hot with crunchy croutons.
Tomato Bisque Variations:
- Vegan – Use Cashew cream instead of heavy cream. To make cashew cream simply blend 1/2 cup cashews with 1/2 cup of water until smooth. To make it nut-free and dairy free use unsweetened coconut cream. I love Trader Joe’s canned coconut cream.
- Use Canned Tomatoes – Yes! They work equally well. Especially when tomatoes are not in season.
- Dried herbs – You can substitute freeze dried herbs for the fresh by reducing the quantity in half.
Do you enjoy soups? Here are some easy and delicious soup ideas:
- Vegetarian Pasta e Fagioli
- Vegetarian French Onion Soup
- Lasagna Soup
- EASY chicken noodle Soup
- Chicken Tortellini Soup
- Chicken Coriander Soup
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A cozy and comforting soup made with fresh tomatoes, herbs and cream served with crunchy croutons for a perfect lunch
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup onion diced
- 1/2 cup celery sliced
- 1 cup carrots peeled and sliced
- 3 garlic cloves peeled
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil chopped
- 6 tomatoes 2 pounds , quartered or 1 28 oz can of peeled tomatoes
- 1-1/2 cup reduced-sodium broth
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon honey honey
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
Set the Instant Pot to saute mode and heat oil. Add onion, celery, garlic, carrots, tomatoes, oregano, basil and parsley cook for a minute until fragrant.
Add broth and salt. Mix well. Close the Instant Pot with pressure valve to sealing.
Set the Instant Pot to Manual/Pressure Cook for 8 minutes. Followed by quick release or NPR.
Open the Instant Pot, and carefully puree the soup using an immersion blender.
Set the Instant Pot to Saute mode. Stir in honey, cream and pepper. Laddle into bowls, sprinkle some cayenne pepper for an extra kick. Enjoy hot with crunchy croutons.
- Vegan variation : Substitute heavy cream with coconut cream, cashew cream or corn slurry (2 tablespoons corn starch mixed in 1/4 cup of water
- You can use dried herbs instead of fresh in this recipe. Just reduce the quantity of herbs in half.
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