Roasted Tomato Basil Bisque

Creamy Roasted Tomato Bisque

On rainy cold days, nothing beats a grilled cheese sandwich dipped in a creamy tomato bisque. This old fashioned tomato soup always warms my heart on a cold and gloomy day.

As you all know, fall is slowly approaching, so, you know what that means! Bring out your Campbell’s tomato soup cans! Just kidding, Don’t do that. No seriously, soup is really easy to make, you should make your own with fresh ingredients.

Why? It tastes a lot better than a can of tomato soup. Less preservatives and doesn’t taste like metal.

Taste like metal you ask? How? Tomatoes are pretty acidic, the pH range is somewhere between 3-4 for can tomatoes, where fresh tomatoes are between 4-5. Canned tomatoes  are typically more acidic than fresh tomatoes due to the impact of the canning process. To prevent the tomatoes reacting with the aluminum in the cans, manufacture companies coat the inside of the cans with chemicals (polyethylene).

So, how does it still taste like metal then? Well, do you think the manufacture companies perfectly time the cooking process of the tomatoes in the can? NO! Due to overcooking the tomatoes, the metal can still oxidize through the polyethylene and over a period of time, the aluminum cations may seep through, giving you that gross metal taste. This is the same case with “organic” canned tomatoes.

I know, I know. It’s fall, and tomatoes will not be at the peak of their season, so we end up using canned tomatoes. But don’t sacrifice fresh flavors because of the changing seasons!

Tomatoes not in season tend to be sour and not very ripe. But It’s okay! Nothing a little sugar and roasting can’t help 😉

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Make sure your tomatoes are extra ripe. It makes for a delicious and creamy soup. If your tomatoes are not ripe enough, you may have a somewhat chunky tomato soup. 😦

Creamy Roasted Tomato Bisque

Chiffonade your basil for a beautiful garnish.

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I love pairing tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich.

The grilled cheese I have in the photos is a simple cheddar cheese sandwich. You can always enhance your grilled cheese sandwich by mixing sharp cheddar cheese and smoked gouda to boost your flavor palate.

Bon Appétit!


Roasted Tomato Basil Bisque

Yields: 3-4 Servings


5 Very ripe Roma tomatoes
1/2 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
4-5 teaspoons sugar, depending on how ripe your tomatoes are
1 teaspoon fresh oregano, finely chopped
2 bay leaves
1/4 cup lightly packed chiffonade basil
1 1/4 cup chicken or vegetable stock
1/4 cup white wine
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 325 ºF. Toss the tomatoes in olive oil and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until the skin starts to break off and “shrink.”

In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until softened. Add the garlic, 1/2 the amount of basil, bay leaves, oregano and roasted tomatoes. Sauté for a couple of minutes, trying to crush the tomatoes. Then add the white wine and broth. Cover and let simmer for about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Purée the soup in a blender or hand blender. Reduce heat to medium-low and add the sugar, parmesan cheese, cream, rest of basil and salt and pepper to taste. Heat, stirring, to a bare simmer. Serve hot and garnish with parmesan cheese.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh hell yes set me up with a few super meaty grilled cheese sammiches and I’m going to town on this dammit!

  2. There is nothing better than tomato soup on a cold rainy day. Thank you for the recipe. I am going to try it this weekend with the last of the tomatoes on the vine.

  3. karissabarbados says:

    One of my favorite meals! Love this post!

  4. I just want to pull that out of the screen and sip it down. Cheers!

  5. Ranting Crow says:

    Mm now that sounds delicious,

  6. There’s a certain power to tomato soup on dreary days that makes everything else shudder in its shorts. Awesome recipe Julie!

  7. thebeanstalk says:

    YES! I have been searching for a tomato soup recipe that doesn’t use canned tomatoes… I finally found YOURS! Yay. Going to make it tomorrow. Thanks girl.

  8. Delish! I need me some soup, pronto. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have truly enjoyed surfing around your
    blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you
    write again soon!

    1. juliewold says:

      Thank you! I’m finally getting settled into my new house and will be blogging more soon! Stay tuned for more recipes!

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