Healthy Tomato Basil Bisque

Silky Healthy Tomato Basil Bisque RecipeTomato Bisque with big flavor and very little guilt! My Healthy Tomato Basil Bisque recipe has a secret ingredient that might surprise you.

Healthy Tomato Basil Bisque Recipe
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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.

Making Healthy Tomato Basil Bisque Recipe

Yet now that I’m a little more cautious about what I eat, I’ve had to revamp my Tomato Bisque Recipe. Obviously the heavy cream was the issue. Most 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.

How to Make Healthy Tomato Basil Bisque Recipe

That’s right.

I add white beans to the Healthy Tomato Basil Bisque 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.)

Best Healthy Tomato Basil Bisque Recipe

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 Healthy Tomato Basil Bisque, 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.)

The Best Healthy Tomato Basil Bisque Recipe

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

You can even enjoy two bowls!

Easy Healthy Tomato Basil Bisque Recipe

Healthy Tomato Basil Bisque Recipe

Healthy Tomato Basil Bisque

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
A Healthy Tomato Basil Bisque recipe with big flavor and very little guilt! This Creamy tomato soup has a secret ingredient to lighten the load.
Servings: 6
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Tomato Basil Bisque
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 229 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 603mg 25%
Potassium 617mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 9g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 13.7%
Vitamin C 18.7%
Calcium 11%
Iron 20.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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


  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. Serve as is, or pour through a sieve for an even finer creamy texture.

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45 comments on “Healthy Tomato Basil Bisque

  1. Loraineposted January 24, 2016 at 5:09 pm Reply

    This was fantastic! So glad I tried it.  This works great for FMD diet sub the butter for coconut oil and leave out the cream. Thank you Sommer ?!

  2. Pamela Priestposted February 9, 2014 at 8:14 pm Reply

    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.

  3. Kim Fordposted January 27, 2014 at 2:46 pm Reply

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

    • Sommerposted January 27, 2014 at 3:47 pm Reply

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

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  7. Averie @ Averie Cooksposted January 21, 2013 at 3:14 pm Reply

    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.

  8. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted January 17, 2013 at 5:33 pm Reply

    Love a good homemade tomato soup!

  9. Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted January 17, 2013 at 3:24 pm Reply

    Love the lighter twist of beans in here!

  10. Megan Pence @ Wanna be a Country Cleaverposted January 16, 2013 at 9:59 pm Reply

    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!

  11. roscannonposted January 16, 2013 at 7:01 pm Reply

    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!

  12. Shainaposted January 15, 2013 at 11:02 pm Reply

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

  13. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted January 15, 2013 at 10:08 pm Reply

    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!

  14. Paula - bell'alimentoposted January 15, 2013 at 2:40 pm Reply

    I love a good bisque!

  15. Rochelleposted January 15, 2013 at 1:16 pm Reply

    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!

  16. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewifeposted January 15, 2013 at 7:57 am Reply

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

  17. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted January 15, 2013 at 2:03 am Reply

    Smart substitution and a nice addition of fiber too!

  18. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted January 14, 2013 at 10:45 pm Reply

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

  19. Jennifer @ Mother Thymeposted January 14, 2013 at 8:50 pm Reply

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

  20. Aimee @ ShugarySweetsposted January 14, 2013 at 8:34 pm Reply

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

  21. Juliaposted January 14, 2013 at 8:25 pm Reply

    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!

  22. a farmer in the dellposted January 14, 2013 at 5:33 pm Reply

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

  23. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted January 14, 2013 at 2:11 pm Reply

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

  24. Sandy @ REposted January 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm Reply

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

  25. Shea Goldsteinposted January 14, 2013 at 1:27 pm Reply

    Pinning! Love the beans in this!!

  26. Gabyposted January 14, 2013 at 1:23 pm Reply

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

  27. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidenceposted January 14, 2013 at 11:59 am Reply

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

  28. naomiposted January 14, 2013 at 10:59 am Reply

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

  29. marlaposted January 14, 2013 at 10:53 am Reply

    Such a lovely winter soup!!!

  30. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted January 14, 2013 at 10:44 am Reply

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

  31. Roxana | Roxana's Home Bakingposted January 14, 2013 at 10:43 am Reply

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

  32. RavieNomNomsposted January 14, 2013 at 9:33 am Reply

    YUM! Perfect for the cold winter months!

  33. Cassie | Bake Your Dayposted January 14, 2013 at 9:20 am Reply

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

  34. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted January 14, 2013 at 9:11 am Reply

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

  35. claire @ the realistic nutritionistposted January 14, 2013 at 8:56 am Reply

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

  36. Bev @ Bev Cooksposted January 14, 2013 at 8:52 am Reply

    I want to slurp my life away in that.

  37. Jenny Flakeposted January 14, 2013 at 8:34 am Reply

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

  38. Julie @ Table for Twoposted January 14, 2013 at 8:29 am Reply

    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 ;)

  39. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted January 14, 2013 at 8:05 am Reply

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

  40. shelly (cookies and cups)posted January 14, 2013 at 7:53 am Reply

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

  41. Carolynposted January 14, 2013 at 7:42 am Reply

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

  42. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted January 14, 2013 at 7:21 am Reply

    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! :)

  43. Leslieposted January 14, 2013 at 7:21 am Reply

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

  44. Jeanetteposted January 14, 2013 at 6:49 am Reply

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