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Healthy Tomato Bisque Soup

A hearty and creamy healthy tomato bisque soup, that makes the perfect comfort food soup on a cold winter day. Top with some parmesan cheese and cheesy garlic toast.

Winter always calls for soups, stews, and pasta dishes. A hot and comforting meal is the best way to end a winter day. This healthy tomato bisque soup is made thickened using al light cream.

When it came to putting together this recipe I didn’t have much time. Thankfully I was able to get this recipe cooked and served in 45 minutes. Timing is everything when you are a busy mom, and having quick, easy, and healthy-ish meals to serve to your family is always a bonus.

If you are feeling fancy and want to entertain your dinner guest by going a little off the top without having to put in the time and effort, serve up this tasty healthy tomato bisque soup as an appetizer or main. You’ll leave your guest wanting more and more.

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TOMATO SOUP AND TOMATO BISQUE SOUP

Heavy cream versus no cream.

The difference between tomato bisque soup and tomato soup is that tomato bisque is made using heavy creams as a thickening agent, making it a creamy tomato soup. Before the use of the cream, shellfish was used as the bisque component of tomato bisque soup.

In this healthy tomato bisque soup recipe you will note that instead of heavy cream we used light cream, leaving this soup lower in calories and fat.

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WHAT GOES IN HEALTHY TOMATO BISQUE SOUP

Simple and easy ingredients from your pantry.

This is a time-saving recipe. As I mentioned above I am all about those quick and easy meals, that don’t require much preparation time. Time-saving is my thing. If you are a busy mom reading this I am sure you will appreciate this too.

As for what goes in my healthy tomato bisque soup check out the ingredient list below:

USING CANNED DICE TOMATOES

To keep this recipe easy, I used canned diced tomatoes. This saved so much time compared to using fresh tomatoes. If you were to use fresh tomatoes, I’d recommend sautéing them first to soften the skin and brown them up for some added texture and flavour.

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HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY TOMATO SOUP

Substitute the heavy creams.

To make this soup healthier, instead of using heavy creams to thicken the soup, I use light cream.

Step-by-step:
  • Preheat a dutch oven on the stove on medium-high heat with olive oil. Once heated add onion and garlic, saute for 2 minutes, and add in red chili flakes. Sautee for another minute.
  • Prepare Roma Tomatoes but thinly slicing off each end and cutting the tomatoes in half, not lengthwise.
  • Push the onion, and garlic mixture to the sides of the pot, and place the Roma tomatoes on their ends to sear. Sear for five minutes, flip over the tomatoes, and sear for another five minutes.
  • Add in all remaining ingredients, except for the cream, and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add in your cream. Remove from heat.
  • Using an immersion blender, blend together the soup mixture, carefully, very carefully.
  • Once the soup is well blended and no chunks remain, place it back on the burner, back to a simmer. Once simmering, simmer for 10-15 minutes, to allow the soup to thicken a little more.
  • Remove from heat, serve and top with parmesan cheese, cheesy garlic toast and serve.
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HOW TO STORE AND REHEAT TOMATO SOUP

Bottle, freezer or refrigerator.

Store this tomato soup there are a few different ways you can do this. You can simply refrigerate for up to 3-4 days, and reheat on the stovetop or microwave.

You can also bottle this soup using a canning method while the soup is still hot on the stove. Heat mason jars in the oven for 10 minutes at a temperature of 250F. Putting the hot soup in hot jars will help them seal tightly and ensure that the tomato bisque soup maintains its freshness.

After about an hour of the soup cooling in the jars, you will hear a popping sound which is what creates the tight seal. Allow the healthy tomato bisque soup to cool at room temperature overnight.

You can also freeze this soup in freezer bags. Fill a freezer-safe bag with the chilled tomato bisque soup about halfway, remove all air from the bag and seal tightly. Lay the soup flat so it freezes as one square chunk. This will also make the soup thaw a lot faster.

Simply reheat this tomato soup on the stovetop or microwave. If you are reheating from frozen, I recommend letting the soup thaw a room temperature for a few hours before reheating.

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Healthy Tomato Bisque Soup

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A hearty and creamy healthy tomato bisque soup, that makes the perfect comfort food soup on a cold winter day. Top with some parmesan cheese and cheesy garlic toast.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 6 roma tomatoes
  • 1 796 mL can diced itialian tomatoes
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper chili flakes
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups light cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat a dutch oven on the stove on medium-high heat with olive oil. Once heated add onion and garlic, saute for 2 minutes, and add in red chili flakes. Sautee for another minute.
  2. Prepare Roma Tomatoes but thinly slicing off each end and cutting the tomatoes in half, not lengthwise.
  3. Push the onion, and garlic mixture to the sides of the pot, and place the Roma tomatoes on their ends to sear. Sear for five minutes, flip over the tomatoes, and sear for another five minutes.
  4. Add in all remaining ingredients, except for the cream, and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Add in your cream. Remove from heat.
  6. Using an immersion blender, blend together the soup mixture, carefully, very carefully.
  7. Once the soup is well blended and no chunks remain, place it back on the burner, back to a simmer. Once simmering, simmer for 10-15 minutes, to allow the soup to thicken a little more.
  8. Remove from heat, serve and top with parmesan cheese, cheesy garlic toast and serve.
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