Creamy Smooth Tomato Bisque in a Yellow Tin Mug with Croutes and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes Scattered Around.


Homegrown Goodness

The Olenick House’s garden-to-table tomato bisque is a versatile and beloved recipe that can elevate any dining experience.

Whether you are hosting a dinner party or enjoying a cozy evening meal alone, this tomato bisque is a perfect choice. By using fresh, ripe tomatoes straight from the garden, you can capture the essence of summer in a bowl.

For those looking to make this dish vegetarian-friendly, the suggested modifications provide a seamless transition without compromising on flavor.

By incorporating vegetarian alternatives for ingredients like chicken broth, such as vegetable broth, you can easily transform this classic recipe into a vegetarian delight.

Pair it with a side of garden salad for a well-rounded and satisfying meal that celebrates the bounty of the season.

Whether you are a seasoned chef or a beginner in the kitchen, The Olenick House’s tomato bisque recipe offers a delicious and elegant option that is sure to impress.

With its simplicity and versatility, this dish is a delightful addition to any culinary repertoire, showcasing the beauty of fresh, garden ingredients in a comforting and flavorful way.


Throughout the growing season, when the air is warm and fragrant and birds are abundant at the feeders, I am forever picking tomatoes from our vines. 

Picking fresh tomatoes during the warm and fragrant growing season is a delightful experience. The presence of birds at the feeders adds to the natural charm of our surroundings.

The assortment of tomato varieties in your vegetable patch is a testament to the diversity of nature. Embracing the beauty of cross-pollination and the role of pollinators showcases the intricate dance of life in your backyard.

Embracing these natural processes can result in a rich tapestry of flavours and textures that make each harvest special and diverse.

Each variety has its own discernable flavour and it’s fun to mix and match to get the texture and taste of your dishes just right.


Tomatoes are one of the most versatile and delicious fruits to grow in a garden. Each tomato variety offers a unique flavor profile, ranging from sweet and juicy to tangy and acidic. For growing tips on tomatoes and other plants, see Your Garden Home.

By mixing and matching different types of tomatoes in your garden, you can create a diverse range of flavors and textures to elevate your culinary creations.

Pairing sweet tomatoes with acidic ones can create a perfect balance of flavors in your dishes. The sweetness adds a delightful contrast to the acidity, resulting in a well-rounded taste experience.

Whether you’re making fresh salads, sauces, salsas, or simply enjoying them on their own, experimenting with different tomato varieties can add depth and complexity to your meals.

Growing a variety of tomatoes also adds visual appeal to your garden and plate. With a rainbow of colors and shapes available, you can create stunning dishes that not only taste great but also look beautiful.

So, next time you’re planning your garden or meal prep, consider the diverse flavors and textures that home-grown tomatoes can bring to your table.


What do I do with all of these bright, red gems? Some, I like to share and the rest get canned or frozen for future recipes. Squirreled away for those moments when Darren and I are at a point, in the depths of a Manitoba winter, when we yearn for the flavours of summer.

Canning or freezing tomatoes is a fantastic way to enjoy their flavors. When canning tomatoes, you can make sauces, salsas, or whole canned tomatoes that can be used in various recipes down the line.

Freezing tomatoes is another excellent option, especially if you plan to use them in soups, stews, or sauces where the texture won’t be affected by the freezing process.


If you’re looking for more inspiration on how to use your canned or frozen tomatoes, check out our Culinary Meditations page.

From classic pasta sauces to hearty chili, refreshing gazpacho to savory braised dishes, tomatoes are a versatile ingredient that can elevate any dish.

You can also experiment with making homemade ketchup, tomato jam, or even tomato-based cocktails for a unique twist.

Whether you’re working with store-bought produce or your own garden-grown gems, this tomato bisque recipe is easy and tantalizing from the moment the first ingredient hits the pot.


Bisque is a luxurious and creamy soup that is commonly made with pulverized crustaceans, such as lobster, crab, or shrimp as a base.

However, you can also make a delicious bisque using store-bought produce or vegetables from your own garden. The beauty of bisque lies in its rich and velvety texture, achieved by blending the ingredients until smooth.

To make a vegetable bisque, start by sautéing onions, garlic, and your choice of vegetables in a large pot until they are soft and fragrant.

Add vegetable broth and seasoning, then simmer until the vegetables are tender. Blend the mixture with an immersion blender or in a traditional blender until smooth. Finish with a touch of cream for added richness and depth of flavor.

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a novice in the kitchen, this vegetable bisque recipe is sure to impress with its simplicity and delicious taste.

Serve it with a sprinkle of fresh herbs or a swirl of cream for an elegant touch. Enjoy the process of creating this tantalizing bisque from start to finish!

Total Prep Time:
45 min

Servings in Recipe:

Serving Size:
6 oz bowl

Calories Per Serving:

Total Prep Time: 45 min

Servings in Recipe: 6

Serving Size: 6 oz bowl

Calories Per Serving: 183

Creamy Smooth Tomato Bisque in a Yellow Tin Mug with Croutes and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes Scattered Around.



  • 30 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 3 cups yellow onions, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive Oil
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
A Picture of Creamy Smooth Tomato Bisque Ingredients. Tomatoes, Carrots, Onions, Salt and Pepper.
A Picture of Creamy Smooth Tomato Bisque Ingredients. Tomatoes, Carrots, Onions, Salt and Pepper.


  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat
  • Add onions and carrots, cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes until translucent
  • Add garlic and cook 1 more minute.
  • Stir in chicken (or vegetable) stock and tomatoes.  (If tomatoes are from the garden, skins should be removed before adding them.)
  • Bring to a boil then turn heat to low and simmer for 20-25 minutes
  • Once tomatoes are completely rendered, add salt and pepper to taste. Stir to completely blend in.
  • Slowly introduce heavy cream or soy milk and olive oil mixture into the pot, stir again to combine. (As you stir, it will make a lovely marbling effect. When the marbling disappears, all will be combined. )
  • Liquify chopped onions and carrots in the soup with an immersion blender in the pot or process portions at a time in a blender, then return to the pot. (If blender method is chosen, be sure to heat the soup through for a few more minutes to ensure an even temperature.)
  • Before serving, garnish each bowl with a bit of fresh parsley, a dollop of sour cream or perhaps a few sourdough croutes.


What makes a soup a bisque?

The first true bisque was created in the 17th century when French chefs began using crustacean ingredients like lobster, crab or shrimp to add luxurious flavour in addition to utilizing their broth thickening properties instead of using dairy products. The shells would be ground down to a creamy roux and mixed in with fresh tomatoes and other seasonal produce.

A bisque is a type of creamy and smooth soup that is typically made with shellfish, such as lobster, crab, or shrimp. What sets a bisque apart from other types of soups is its rich and velvety texture, which is achieved by pureeing the ingredients until smooth.

The base of a bisque is often made by simmering the shellfish shells or seafood in broth or wine, along with aromatic vegetables like onions, carrots, and celery. After simmering, the mixture is strained, and the liquid is then used to create the soup.

Traditionally, a bisque is finished with heavy cream to give it a luxurious and silky consistency. The addition of cream not only enhances the flavor but also adds to the smoothness of the soup. Some recipes may also include a touch of sherry or cognac to further elevate the taste profile of the bisque.

Overall, a bisque is a decadent and indulgent soup that is perfect for special occasions or when you want to treat yourself to something a little more luxurious.

Is tomato bisque a true bisque?

Whether the above tomato bisque recipe is a true bisque or not, it has become is a delicious and popular soup minus these elements.

Traditional bisque is a creamy soup made from puréed shellfish such as lobster, crab, or shrimp. However, tomato bisque is typically made from puréed tomatoes, cream, broth, and various seasonings. Despite not containing shellfish, tomato bisque is still referred to as a bisque due to its smooth and creamy consistency.

Whether tomato bisque is considered a true bisque may vary depending on the culinary purist’s perspective. Some may argue that a bisque must contain shellfish to be authentic, while others may be more inclusive in their definition.

Ultimately, the name “bisque” seems to have evolved to encompass a wider range of creamy soups beyond the traditional shellfish-based versions.

So, while tomato bisque may not fit the strict definition of a bisque, it has certainly become a beloved and well-known variation in the world of soups.


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