How to Make Tomato Bisque


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 (32 ounce) container chicken broth, or more as needed
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons uncooked jasmine rice
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil leaves, divided
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream, divided


Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat; cook and stir onion and celery with a pinch of salt until onion is translucent, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

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Pour chicken broth and tomatoes into onion mixture. Bring to a simmer and season with paprika, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Turn heat to low and stir rice into soup; skim foam occasionally and simmer until rice and vegetables are very tender, 35 to 45 minutes. Add sugar.

Blend soup with an immersion blender in the pot until smooth. Whisk 1/2 cup cream into soup and adjust levels of salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and sugar. If soup is too thick, add more broth; if soup is too thin, cook, stirring often, until reduced and slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Ladle into warmed bowls; garnish each bowl with a drizzle of cream and top with about 1 teaspoon chopped basil.