Healthy(er) Tomato Basil Bisque

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Tomato Bisque with big flavor and very little guilt! My tomato basil soup has a secret ingredient that might surprise you.

What could possibly be more comforting than a cup of creamy tomato soup on a cold rainy day?

I’ve loved tomato bisque since childhood, it’s like an edible security blanket, that warms your insides and soothes your soul.

Yet now that I’m a little more cautious about what I eat, I’ve had to revamp my favorite tomato basil bisque recipe. Obviously the heavy cream was the issue. Most tomato bisque recipes have 1-2 cups of cream to provide that ultra silky texture.

My secret weapon for omitting, or at least decreasing, heavy cream in creamy soups is… white beans.

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That’s right.

I add white beans to the soup while it’s simmering to absorb flavor, then puree the soup once cooked. The starch in the beans creates a wonderfully creamy texture without all the added fat. (I used this trick here as well as here.)

Now to be fully honest, the soup isn’t quite as smooth as a soup with loads of cream, and it doesn’t have the same sheen. But it’s pretty darn close, considering all the calories and saturated fat you omit.

For this creamy tomato soup, the white beans did a superb job of creating the right thickness, then I added just a touch of heavy cream at the end to give it that extra touch of indulgence. (You could leave it out, if you prefer.)

That way, you can enjoy your comforting bowl of creamy tomato bisque without any hesitation.

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You can even enjoy two bowls!

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Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Healthy Tomato Bisque

A lower fat version of the classic creamy tomato basil soup.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tb. butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 28 oz. can diced or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Tb. tomato paste
  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves
  • 32 oz. chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
  • 15 oz. can cannellini beans, drained
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Place the butter, onions and garlic in a large sauce pot over medium-low heat. Saute for 5-8 minutes to soften. Stir occasionally.
  2. Then add the tomatoes, tomato paste, basil leaves, chicken stock, beans, and crushed red pepper. Turn the heat up to medium-high and simmer for 20 minutes, stir occasionally.
  3. Turn off the heat. Using an immersion blender, puree the the soup until completely smooth. Taste and salt and pepper as needed.
  4. Then add the cream and stir to combine.
  5. Serve as is, or pour through a sieve for an even finer creamy texture.

 

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44 Responses to “Healthy(er) Tomato Basil Bisque”

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    Jeanette — January 14, 2013 @ 6:49 am

    I love your clever idea of using white beans to add creaminess without the fat and calories – great way to add protein too!

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    Leslie — January 14, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    beans? very clever!!!! Love it.
    I bet using fat free evaporated milk would work too.

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — January 14, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    Tomato bisque is one of my husband’s favorites. Maybe I’ll make this lighter version instead and see if he can tell the difference! :)

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    Carolyn — January 14, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    Looks fantastic, Sommer. I love healthy, hearty soups like this.

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — January 14, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    Love that you used beans as the thickener! SO smart!

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    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — January 14, 2013 @ 8:05 am

    You can’t go wrong with tomato soup and I always like using beans to make a soup nice and creamy!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — January 14, 2013 @ 8:29 am

    I love tomato bisque but they’re always so unhealthy! I just LOVE that you created a healthier version of it! I won’t feel so guilty after all ;)

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    Jenny Flake — January 14, 2013 @ 8:34 am

    One of my favorite soups of all time! Love that you created a healthier option for us!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — January 14, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    I want to slurp my life away in that.

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — January 14, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    This is looks great! One of my favorite soups, and I’m so happy you made it lighter!

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites — January 14, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    So smart! We love beans around here. I suspect the addition to the soup gives great texture and flavor. Great recipe, Sommer!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — January 14, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    Beans – what a great idea! We love tomato soup too, must-try this one!

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    RavieNomNoms — January 14, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    YUM! Perfect for the cold winter months!

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    Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking — January 14, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    Such a brilliant delicious idea to add the beans! Perfect for the rainy cold days we’re dealing with!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 14, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    Oh, love your trick to lighten this up, tomato bisque is one of my faves!

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    marla — January 14, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    Such a lovely winter soup!!!

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    naomi — January 14, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    I’m all about soup right now, so bookmarked!

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    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — January 14, 2013 @ 11:59 am

    Very inventive! I think I would add some toasted whole wheat croutons on top :)

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    Gaby — January 14, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    love the idea of adding in white beans v cream!!

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    Shea Goldstein — January 14, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    Pinning! Love the beans in this!!

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    Sandy @ RE — January 14, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

    It’s a soup day for everyone today! LOL I love tomato soup and bisque!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — January 14, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

    Yum! I love tomato soup and I love that you added beans to it!! Fabulous recipe!!

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    a farmer in the dell — January 14, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

    I have been using the white bean trick too! It’s amazing! This soup sounds fantastic.

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    Julia — January 14, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

    I love tomato bisque soup! What a wonderful idea to add white beans in–I never would have thought of that. I am always looking for ways to add a healthier twist to my meals/soups-thanks!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — January 14, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

    This looks gorgeous and I’m sure it tastes delicious. We love tomato bisque around here, can’t wait to try your version!

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — January 14, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

    What a beautiful soup! I love your idea of adding white beans in place of cream.

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 14, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

    It is so smart to add beans! I absolutely love it!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — January 15, 2013 @ 2:03 am

    Smart substitution and a nice addition of fiber too!

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    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — January 15, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    The beans really step up the heartiness of this soup, very nice.

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    Rochelle — January 15, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    I’ve tried many tomato soup recipes over the years… But none with beans! What a great idea. I’ll be trying this one next. Thanks!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — January 15, 2013 @ 2:40 pm

    I love a good bisque!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — January 15, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

    Your tomato bisque sounds awesome – I love the addition of beans! I’ve been craving tomato bisque like crazy lately, and have been enjoying every last delicious spoonful!

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    Shaina — January 15, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

    Gorgeous soup. I love that you lightened it up a bit.

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    roscannon — January 16, 2013 @ 7:01 pm

    I’ve never had a tomato soup that I’ve enjoyed. However, being both a glutton (for punishment) and a lover of tomatoes, I keep trying. I made this dish tonight, following your recipe to the letter. D E L I C I O U S. Thank you, very very much!

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    Megan Pence @ Wanna be a Country Cleaver — January 16, 2013 @ 9:59 pm

    This is just gorgeous. And who doesn’t love a good tomato bisque – without all the extra guilt?! Fantastic for those resolutions that are usually so hard to keep!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — January 17, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

    Love the lighter twist of beans in here!

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    Tara @ Unsophisticook — January 17, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

    Love a good homemade tomato soup!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — January 21, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

    Loving this soup! I made some Creamy Tomato Basil in December and just remade it and I almost never re-make things :)

    I love your new site! I am on Lindsay’s list and have another couple months to wait but your makeover looks amazing.

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    Kim Ford — January 27, 2014 @ 2:46 pm

    love this soup, thank you!
    How long would you say leftovers last in the refrigerator?

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    • Sommer — January 27th, 2014 @ 3:47 pm

      Hi Kim, I’d say at least a week. :)

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    Pamela Priest — February 9, 2014 @ 8:14 pm

    I just made this tonight. I used basil paste instead.
    Both my husband and I thought it was fantastic!
    This one goes in my recipe favorites.

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