Creamy Tomato Soup

Creamy Tomato Soup

Tomato Bisque with crutons served in a shallow blue bowl resting on a wooden board draped with a striped napkin.

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Today’s post is a blog update on my Creamy Tomato Soup. Because the weather is frightful right now in central Alberta, it seemed like the perfect time to do a little tidy up on this gorgeous soup. This Tomato Soup is creamy and luscious, even with only a small amount of cream. It’s thickened with rice, making it a great gluten-free option.

The creaminess and tang are the perfect marriage with crunchy cheese toast or buttery croutons. I won’t hesitate to say that when you make this soup, you will have tremendous satisfaction from your efforts because it’s so much better than store-bought soup. You’ll also have peace of mind knowing you’re feeding your family wholesome goodness.

Traditional French bisque is made using ground crustacean shells and thickened with rice. The term is used loosely today and can refer to anything pureed such as tomatoes or squash. Most varieties are finished with cream as is this one. Enjoy!

Tomato Bisque with crutons served in a shallow blue bowl resting on a wooden board draped with a striped napkin.

Author: Compelled to Cook, adapted from Chef John of Food Wishes Tomato Bisique

Tomato Bisque with crutons served in a shallow blue bowl resting on a wooden board draped with a striped napkin.
Creamy Tomato Soup
Print Recipe
    Servings Prep Time
    4-6 people 20 minutes
    Cook Time
    30-50 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    4-6 people 20 minutes
    Cook Time
    30-50 minutes
    Tomato Bisque with crutons served in a shallow blue bowl resting on a wooden board draped with a striped napkin.
    Creamy Tomato Soup
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      4-6 people 20 minutes
      Cook Time
      30-50 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      4-6 people 20 minutes
      Cook Time
      30-50 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: people
      Instructions
      1. Melt butter in a large heavy pot, add onions and garlic and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes until the onions become translucent.
      2. Add the tomatoes, stock, paprikas, sugar, salt, white pepper and rice and cook until the rice is very soft, at least 30 minutes.
      3. Blend with a handheld immersion blender until smooth. Stir in heavy cream and season to taste with salt.
      Recipe Notes

      I used homemade chicken stock and used 1 1/2 tsp of salt. The amount of salt will depend on the stock/broth used, so season to taste.

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      Zucchini Spinach Bisque

      Zucchini Spinach Bisque

      Got a bounty of zucchini? Zucchini Spinach Bisque is earthy, velvety, and topped with tomato herb cream, making it easy to eat healthy. Not only is this soup simple to prepare, it’s a great way to whittle down your crop. There’s no doubt you will be inundate your family with zucchini bread, cake, muffins and the like just to use it all up. I too am a fan of moist zucchini quick breads so there’s no doubt that I will participate this fall in the onslaught of zucchini treats.

      Today however, I feel the zucchini needs to come out of the shadows of flour, sugar and chocolate chips. Here the zucchini is front and center, thick and luscious. No cream, no flour, just a sprinkling of rice to lend body. The tomato herb cream brightens and cuts through all the earthiness to create the perfect spoonful.

      Zucchini and spinach are low in calories but high in fibre, vitamin C and vitamin A, making this soup healthy and nutritious. I love this recipe because it’s simple, nutritious and a warming way to use zucchini. Enjoy!

      Recipe Source: Inspired by Williams-Sonoma Zucchini Puree with Oregano Cream

       

       

      Zucchini Spinach Bisque is earthy, thick, and velvety. Topped with tomato herb cream makes eating healthy easy.
      Zucchini Spinach Bisque
      Print Recipe
      Earthy, thick and velvety, topped with a bright tomato herb cream.
        Servings Prep Time
        6 people 15 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        45 minutes 30 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        6 people 15 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        45 minutes 30 minutes
        Zucchini Spinach Bisque is earthy, thick, and velvety. Topped with tomato herb cream makes eating healthy easy.
        Zucchini Spinach Bisque
        Print Recipe
        Earthy, thick and velvety, topped with a bright tomato herb cream.
          Servings Prep Time
          6 people 15 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          45 minutes 30 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          6 people 15 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          45 minutes 30 minutes
          Ingredients
          Bisque
          Tomato Herb Cream
          Servings: people
          Instructions
          Bisque
          1. In a large pot or dutch oven heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring occasionally until soft. Add garlic and 1 tsp salt and continue to cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Add zucchini and cook, stirring often until starting to soften, about 10 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients, cover and simmer on low for 30 minutes.
          2. Remove from heat. Using an emersion blender, blend until smooth. Adjust consistency by adding a little more stock if required. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately topped with Tomato Herb Cream.
          Tomato Herb Cream
          1. In a small bowl stir together all ingredient and season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.