Tomato Bisque With Garlic Croutons

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

What a creamy delicious soup. The garlic-herb cheese called for is a Boursin cheese, but I guess you could use a cream cheese for it. I doubt it would taste the same. I always use the fresh herbs for the bread, but you could use dried. Be sure to half the herbs if using dried instead of fresh.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For the Tomato Bisque: In a large soup pot melt bacon fat, add onions and celery. Cook onions and celery until translucent, do not brown. Add tomatoes, basil and cook for 2 minutes. Add tomato juice, V-8 juice, tomato paste, chicken stock and simmer 15 minutes. Add heavy cream and bring back to a boil. Turn off heat and add the tub of cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. For the Garlic Croutons: In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Place the ingredients on a baking sheet and bake at 325°F until a golden brown, approximately 15 minutes.
  3. Final Presentation: Place soup in bowl, add croutons in soup and garnish with chives.


Most Helpful

This was very good! I love tomato-basil soup, and this is the first homemade version that has really met the standard set by a local restaraunt. I made a few changes. First, I added 2 pressed cloves of garlic, and doubled the amount of chopped basil. Second, I used canned tomatoes because fresh are not in season right now. Lastly, since I don't care for chunky soup, I used an immersion blender to puree the finished soup. It made a really nice, creamy puree which I enjoyed very much. Thanks for posting a wonderful recipe. This will go into my must make again cookbook.

IngridH March 05, 2009

I really enjoyed this. It was pretty easy and didn't take long. I made some extra so I could freeze it and have it again. I didn't have enough heavy cream so I used about half heavy cream half 2% milk. I think the recipe is probably better with all cream. I might add some garlic next time as well. Thank you! Made for PRMR tag.

KellyMac6 January 25, 2009

This was delicious; my family loved it. The only thing I would change is to add more basil - 2 TB of chopped fresh didn't go very far. I didn't make the croutons because I didn't have a baguette (served with biscuits instead). The soup was wonderful without them, but I've never made homemade croutons so I plan to try them soon and will update my review.

appleydapply November 25, 2008

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