This tomato bisque recipe is mouth-watering good! The roasted tomatoes and peppers, paired with the herbs has so much flavor in one bite with a slight kick! It’s the perfect dish for you to curl up in a lounge chair and relax with family during cozy weather.
This fire roasted tomato bisque recipe is seriously the best bisque ever! With fresh vegetables, herbs, and of course the roasted tomatoes and peppers, you cannot go wrong as your next go-to weeknight meal.
Since we’re all about quick and easy, this bisque takes no time at all! As the tomatoes and red peppers are already roasted, all you need to do is just get it in the pot!
This tomato bisque recipe is sure to be a hit at the next potluck, family gathering, or even a comfortable dinner in, that you won’t make your bisque any other way.
This post will go over everything you need to know to create this fire roasted tomato bisque recipe perfect for cozy weather.
Recipe difficulty: Beginner (Are you surprised?)
You literally use one pan for this bisque! The flavors come together so well and there is nothing difficult in the preparation of the ingredients.
Sam’s Pro Tips for this Fire Roasted Tomato Bisque Recipe
- Real tomatoes or canned tomatoes? Ok, so here’s my trick to make this bisque super quickly! I use the Trader Joe’s Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles. It doesn’t necessarily have to be this brand, but having the tomatoes already diced and roasted is a huge time save. You can roast the tomatoes yourself, but then you have to make sure the tomatoes are ripe and also plan for the time in the oven. No way! Honestly, no one can tell these tomatoes came from a can after all the ingredients you put in. The green chiles combined with the tomatoes is what really packs that extra punch for this tomato bisque recipe.
- Real red bell peppers or canned red peppers? Here’s another trick! I get the Trader Joe’s Fire Roasted Red Peppers for that “wow” factor in my roasted tomato bisque recipe. Again, it doesn’t have to be this brand, but having the roasted peppers adds to the heat level in this bisque. This is what makes this dish unique! You can also roast the red bell pepper yourself, but this is another huge time save. Check out our Herb Infused Oven Roasted Peppers in Olive Oil if interested!
- Don’t have fresh herbs? Easily replace the fresh herbs with dried herbs. No problem! In this tomato bisque recipe, I did use fresh herbs. However, if you didn’t have time to pick up these herbs, you can substitute with dried herbs from the pantry. With all that flavor in this bisque, you won’t be able to tell. See Frequently Asked Questions for measurements.
- Use an immersion blender to get the bisque smooth and creamy. After letting all the ingredients simmer, I do use an immersion blender to get that perfect texture for the bisque. The immersion blender makes it so easy to blend all the ingredients together and takes literally no more than 5 minutes to do! If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can transfer the bisque to a blender to mix before adding the heavy cream.
- How to serve my tomato bisque recipe like the restaurants? You know how when you go to the restaurant, and they make any tomato bisque look so fancy? This is actually really simple! Sprinkle parmesan cheese in a swirl shape on top of the bisque when served, put a little heavy cream in a measuring cup and swirl right on top of the parmesan cheese, and finish with a couple fresh basil leaves. That’s it!
- Want the crock pot recipe for this? No problem! Put all the ingredients in a crock pot except for the heavy cream. Place on the Low setting for 6-7 hours or on High for 4 hours. When done, use the immersion blender to get everything mixed. Add the heavy cream and mix. Let this all simmer in the crock pot for another 5 minutes, and that’s it!
Key Ingredients – Fire Roasted Tomato Bisque Recipe
Below are some key and optional ingredients for this recipe:
- Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles: As discussed above, having the tomatoes already diced and roasted is a huge time save! The tomatoes have so much flavor already packed in, no one will know it’s from a can. The green chiles is also a win in this recipe.
- Fire Roasted Red Peppers: This creates the best tomato bisque recipe ever and is another time save! When blended with the other ingredients, it makes this bisque extra flavorful and full of that roasted flavor.
- Fresh herbs and vegetables: I used fresh parsley, basil, onion, garlic, celery, and carrots for that perfect herbed mixture. It smells so good when these herbs and vegetables are simmering in the pot.
- Heavy cream: It cannot be called a bisque without heavy cream right? When you add the heavy cream at the end, you can see how this bisque truly came together. You get this beautiful looking orange-brown bisque, that looks so good in the pot.
- Spices: This roasted tomato bisque recipe uses sugar, bay leaves, red pepper flakes, paprika, garlic powder, sea salt, and freshly ground pepper to give these vegetables added flavor. It yields a flawless combination in this tomato bisque recipe. Optional: Depending on your spice level, you can omit the paprika and red pepper flakes.
More Variations to this Recipe
There are a few ways you can variate this tomato bisque recipe. Here’s how:
- Get creative with the toppings: To finish this roasted tomato bisque off, you can top with parmesan cheese, croutons, fresh parsley or basil, or additional heavy cream.
- Take out the heavy cream: If you don’t want to use the heavy cream, try this variated recipe. After using the immersion blender to blend all the ingredients, either add additional chicken broth to get the consistency you like or add a little water. All that flavor has already been simmering for a while, so you’re pretty much done!
- What can I pair with this dish? Obviously, you can add as much toppings as you would like to make this your main meal! Or simply eat it by itself as it’s that good! However, a good grilled cheese sandwich never hurts with this tomato bisque recipe or sourdough bread.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between tomato soup and tomato bisque?
Tomato bisque is a creamy version of tomato soup, usually due to the addition of the heavy cream. Tomato soup is usually made with vegetable or chicken broth.
How do you thicken tomato bisque?
Using tomato paste or cornstarch can thicken a tomato bisque.
What goes with tomato bisque?
Tomato bisque pairs well with a grilled cheese sandwich or sourdough bread. It can also be topped with parmesan cheese, croutons, fresh parsley or basil, or additional heavy cream.
What is the rule of thumb in regards to substituting fresh herbs for dried herbs?
Dry herbs are more potent compared to fresh herbs. A good rule of thumb is to use 3x the amount of fresh herbs compared to dried herbs. For example, 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley is equivalent to one teaspoon of dried parsley.