Tomato season might be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be slurping up this silky tomato soup for months to come. This creamy tomato soup comes together in minutes (right in the blender!) and is sophisticated as it is nostalgic.

Tomato Bisque

Soup season!

Fall is officially here. Do you know what that means? Soup season has begun! WEEEEE! Like so many people of my generation, tomato soup has a special place in my heart. I can’t count the cans of Campbells that I ate as a kid, usually alongside a box of club crackers or a grilled cheese. Was it a marketing campaign that linked tomato soup to dreary days? If so, it worked. As soon as the weather starts to chill and darken, tomato soup is what I crave. I no longer enjoy the metallic and faded taste of canned soups, but luckily this from-scratch tomato soup is nearly as easy to make, has a bright, fresh flavor, and retains all of the warm fuzziness of my childhood memories. Ella literally begs for it. It’s perfect for those busy nights when you don’t know what in the h-a-y to make for dinner. Serve it alongside grilled cheese sandwiches or paninis, and I promise the whole family will be delighted. It’s also a delicious school or work lunch when packed in thermoses, preferably with some crusty bread (or a cold grilled cheese, Ella’s preference) for dipping.

Tomato Bisque

Easiest-ever tomato soup from scratch

Instead of relying on fresh tomatoes, which are soon to become pale and pasty supermarket duds, this creamy tomato soup is made with canned whole tomatoes, meaning it can even be made in the deep, dark days of winter. The tomatoes are blended with a few aromatics and a swirl of heavy cream. The cream rounds out the edges and makes the soup feel like satin (cashew cream would be a delicious non-dairy alternative). The recipe comes from my Craftsy class, Make the Most of your Blender, and it can be completely prepared (cooked and all!) in a Vitamix, or it can be whizzed up in the blender then simmered quickly on the stovetop. In celebration of the soup, I’m currently offering a half off link to the class! Click HERE to learn more.

Pull on a sweater, dig in a spoon, and let this tomato soup welcome you to the season. Ahh fall, I’m ready for you.Tomato Bisque

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Creamy Tomato Soup

Canned, whole tomatoes provide the base for this creamy soup. They get blended with a few aromatics (the quantities look puny, but a little goes a long way) and a swirl of heavy cream, which rounds out the edges and makes the soup feel like satin (cashew cream would be a delicious non-dairy alternative). You could just as easily serve the soup as a first course to a dinner party as to a gaggle of six-year-olds for school lunch.
Author Nicki Sizemore

Ingredients

  • 1 28- ounce can whole , peeled tomatoes
  • ½ cup low sodium chicken or vegetable broth , or water
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped shallot
  • ½ garlic clove
  • ¼ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary (optional)
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ tablespoon tomato paste
  • ¾ teaspoon sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Place the tomatoes (with their juices), broth or water, shallot, garlic, thyme, rosemary (if using), oregano, tomato paste and sugar in a blender (use a high-speed blender, such as a Vitamix, if you have one). Season with salt and pepper. Turn the machine on and gradually increase the speed to high. Blend until completely smooth (give it a good minute or two). If you’re using a Vitamix, continue blending until the soup is hot and steam escapes from the lid plug, about 6 minutes. If you’re using a regular blender, transfer the soup to a pot and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the heavy cream to the soup. If using a high-speed blender, blend until warmed through, about 5 seconds. If using the stovetop, bring the soup back to a simmer, stirring to incorporate the cream.
  3. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if needed. Do Ahead: The soup can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.