Roasted Fresh Tomato Bisque

Posted on Oct 17, 2017

Tomato bisque made with roasted fresh seasonal tomatoes, finished off with a little cream and garden basil.  The perfect summer tomato soup!

Spoonful of tomato bisque over bowl garnished with basil.

I have had a bounty of fresh tomatoes all summer long, and into fall, from our local farm stand.  I’ve put up pints of tomato sauce and quarts for the freezer.  But guys, this Roasted Fresh Tomato Bisque is my fave right now.

Roasted tomato bisque in bowl with grilled cheese.

I opted to roast the tomatoes first, adds great flavor and it softens them up a bit for the soup.  And fresh basil from my herb garden for an even more seasonal flavor profile. The roasted tomatoes are then simmered on the stovetop with onion, garlic, homemade chicken broth and then finished off with a touch of cream.

What is the difference between tomato bisque and tomato soup?

Basically, the difference is heavy cream.  Tomato bisques are creamy and smooth and are usually made with chicken stock, tomatoes and cream.  Think creamy tomato soup, and I don’t think you need much cream at all with seasonal summer tomatoes, just gilding the lily.

Grilled cheese and apple next to bowl of tomato soup.

The tomatoes roast in the oven, but the rest of the bisque comes together in one pot with the help of an immersion blender, making this soup a fairly easy endeavor.

Any fresh garden variety tomato works here, including heirlooms, or even a mix of varieties.  I decided to freeze some whole farm fresh tomatoes in August (yes, you can do that! See how here), so that’s what I used.  And there’s no need to peel the tomatoes, just cut in half and arrange on a baking sheet.

Soup in bowl with basil and side of grilled cheese.

The soup is finished off with a touch of cream, I really don’t think you need much, just a few tablespoons.  The result is the best homemade creamy Roasted Fresh Tomato Bisque ~ just needs a grilled cheddar cheese and apple sandwich for an amazing seasonal lunch or dinner.  Enjoy, Kelly

If you need another idea for late season garden tomatoes and basil, you might like my Insalata Caprese with Basil Vinaigrette.

Overhead of bowl of soup with spoon next to grilled cheese sandwiches.

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Spoonful of tomato soup over bowl.

Roasted Fresh Tomato Bisque

Homemade tomato soup using fresh roasted seasonal tomatoes and garden basil, finished off with a little cream.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 176kcal
Author: Kelly ~ the hungry bluebird


  • 2 lbs fresh tomatoes (garden variety, heirlooms, or a mix)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ small sweet onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Pinch of sugar (maybe 1 tsp)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 cups homemade chicken broth or stock
  • Several leaves fresh basil, about 1 tbsp chopped, and chiffonade for serving
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cut tomatoes in half and arrange on a baking sheet.  Roast in oven for 20 minutes.
  • Heat olive oil in heavy dutch oven or soup pot.  Add onion and cook until just translucent.  Add garlic and cook about 30 seconds until fragrant.  Stir in sugar and tomato paste and continue cooking another minute or so. 
  • Carefully add roasted tomatoes and their juices, stir and cook, breaking up tomatoes with wooden spoon.  Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add the chicken broth and bring to a steady simmer for another 5 minutes.  Stir in about 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped basil.  Carefully insert immersion blender into pot and process until smooth.
  • Taste for salt and pepper.  Stir in heavy cream and heat through.  Serve, topped with fresh basil and grilled cheese for dipping.
Keyword: roasted tomato bisque, tomato bisque soup, summer tomato soup, tomato bisque with fresh tomatoes
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3 thoughts

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    5 stars
    The perfect compliment to grilled cheese sandwich…


  2. Avatar

    5 stars
    This soup is DELICIOUS! I added one cup of whipping cream to the pot after I blended it in the Vitamix, and added about two tsp of dried, chopped basil and one tsp of thyme powder. Love this recipe as it’s the perfect mash between fresh and warm comfort food.


    1. Kelly

      Sounds amazing! Fresh comfort food is the best, right?