tomato bisque soup

Recipe: Cream of Tomato Soup – A Fresh, Warm, Comforting Classic

Tomato soup is a classic recipe that works for lunch or dinner. This recipe does require getting a few pots dirty, but the end result is worth it.

Tomato soup stores well and is a favorite to make for the whole family. Serve with grilled cheese for the kids and a nice loaf of crusty bread for the adults.

Tomato bisque soup

Time to Prepare:

45 minutes; 15 prep & 30 to cook


  • 1-quart milk
  • 1 slice of Onion
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 large can of tomatoes
  • 1/8 teaspoon soda
  • 1/8 Teaspoon White Pepper (black pepper is OK too)
  • Dash of Cayenne Pepper


  1. Cook milk & onion over medium-high heat & scald milk (heat to just before boiling), then remove onion and set aside in a small bowl.
  2. Heat butter & flour in a separate pan over medium-high heat making a rue (heat stirring constantly until mixture thickens)
  3. Combine the 2 mixtures, still blending
  4. In a separate pot, cook tomatoes and sugar over medium heat for 15 minutes, then add soda.
  5. Pour through a strainer when complete (or you can puree them in a blender)
  6. Combine spices and remaining ingredients, cook an additional 5 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
  7. Serve while hot.

Cooking Tips

  • The baking soda may seem an odd choice when cooking soup, but it’s actually used to reduce the acidity of the tomatoes.
  • The small amount of sugar also helps.
  • Combining both with the tomatoes while cooking is a tip used by cooks from as early as the 1800s.

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