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Tomato Bisque – Soup Might Not Count as a Meal, but Bisque Certainly Does

It’s been awhile since I dropped a Seinfeld reference, but
this hearty tomato bisque had me reminiscing about the famous “soup’s not a
meal” episode. It’s rich, hearty, and satisfyingly thick without being heavy.
Sorry, Bania, it counts. 

There are different opinions on what makes something a
bisque. Technically, it’s made from some sort of shellfish puree, but modern
usage includes vegetables as well. Above and beyond that, it has to have cream,
and be thickened with rice.

One problem with many of the tomato soups I’ve had, is that
they are either thickened with tons of tomato paste, which is like eating a
bowl of pasta sauce, or they’re thickened with a flour roux or cornstarch slurry,
which leaves them too pasty for me. A little rice thickens the soup just as
well , but also gives it a nice silky texture.

As far as the canned tomatoes go, we’re using the same
argument here we use for tomato sauce. Unless you have some amazingly sweet,
vine-ripened specimens around, that you’ve peeled, seeded, and cooked down to get rid of the excess
moisture, then chances are San Marzano tomatoes will produce a superior

I tried to stress in the video how important it is to adjust
the seasonings to your liking,  especially the sweetness. Many of us were raised on Campbell’s tomato soup
(and grilled cheese sandwiches, of course), and because that flavor is so
ingrained in our taste memories, you need to get this at least close for it to work.
Taste, adjust, taste, adjust, and as always, enjoy!

Ingredients for 6 Portions:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced celery
3 cloves garlic
1 quart chicken broth, plus more as needed
1 (28-oz) can crushed San Marzano tomatoes, or about 3 1/2
cups of other crushed tomatoes
1/2 tsp paprika
3 tbsp white long grain rice
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 or 2 tsp sugar, or to taste
salt and pepper to taste
cayenne to taste
basil to garnish

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Crock Pot Creamy Tomato Soup

This creamy, rich tasting tomato soup is made in the slow cooker, with tomatoes, herbs, milk and Pecorino Romano cheese, plus the cheese rind for an added flavor boost.

Last night for dinner, we had a big bowl of this soup with some grilled garlic bread and a simple garden salad. For lunch, I usually like to have a small cup with a half sandwich (whole wheat grilled cheese – yum!).

Thanks to my parents, I’m real picky when it comes to soup. I grew up in home where we had homemade soup practically every night. Almost always dinner usually started a meal with a bowl of soup (not something I was always happy about as a kid) but I always loved when mom made her tomato soup.

Her recipes are usually more labor intensive than mine, I much prefer quick and easy. This slow cooked tomato soup, comes pretty close to her original, without all the extra work.  I always cook my vegetables on the stove, I think it gives you the best tasting results. You can do this the night before to save time in the morning. What really makes the soup over the top in my opinion, is the cheese rind (you toss it after the soup is done). I always freeze them after I use up my cheese, just to make soups, but don’t worry if you don’t have one the soup will still turn out fine.

You can also make this on the stove top: just simmer it in a big pot on low for about 1 1/ 2- 2 hours. If you want to use fresh garden plum tomatoes, as I often do in the summer when I need to use them up, I just blanch them in a big pot of boiling water until the skins crack, then remove them and peel the skins off.

This soup freezes well, so don’t worry if this makes too much, you can make it and freeze it in small containers for quick meals on busy weeknights.

Crock Pot Creamy Tomato Soup
Servings: 6  • Size: 1-1/2 cups • Old Points: 4 pts • Weight Watcher Points+: 5 pt
Calories: 177 • Fat: 10 g • Carb: 17 g • Fiber: 3 g • Protein: 8 g • Sugar: 8 g
Sodium: 600 mg  • Cholest: 21 mg


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup finely diced celery
  • 1 cup finely diced carrots
  • 1 cup finely diced onions
  • 28 oz can whole plum tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 3 1/2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth (or vegetable for vegetarians)
  • Parmesan or Romano cheese rind (optional)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1 3/4 cups reduced fat (2%) milk, warmed
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste


Heat a large skillet over medium heat, then add the oil, celery, carrots and onions; cook 5 to 6 minutes, or until golden. Add to slow cooker.

Pour the juice of the tomatoes into the slow cooker, then roughly crush the tomatoes with your hands; add to slow cooker. Then add chicken (or vegetable broth), the cheese rind (if using) thyme, basil, and bay leaf.

Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours, until the vegetables get soft and the flavors blend. Remove the cheese rid and, using an immersion blender, blend the soup until smooth (or you can carefully do this in small batches in the blender).

Melt the butter over low heat in a large skillet and add the flour. Stir constantly with a whisk for 4 to 5 minutes. Slowly whisk in about 1 cup of the hot soup, then add the 1 3/4 cups of warmed milk and stir until smooth. Pour back into the slow cooker and stir, add the grated Pecorino cheese and adjust salt and pepper, to taste.

Cover and cook on low 30 more minutes.

Makes about 9 1/4 cups.

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Comforting Soups

by Pam on January 19, 2014

I have been on the couch for the last couple of days due to feeling terrible. I have no energy and a horrible headache that won’t go away. Needless to say, I have no desire to cook and have not made a single recipe all weekend long. I hope to be back to cooking tomorrow, but until then, here are some of my favorite comforting soups.

Spinach and Turkey Italian Sausage Soup with Veggies and Orzo[1]


Taco Soup[2]


Chicken and Basil Dumplings[3]


Cheese and Potato Soup[4]


Roasted Tomato Soup with Poblanos, Oregano, & Cotija Cheeseaka Sopa de Jitomate y Rajas[5][6]


Southwestern Cream of Chicken Soup[7]


Roasted Garlic and Tomato Soup with Fresh Basil[8]


Hungarian Mushroom Soup[9]


Pasta e Fagioli[10]


13 Responses to “Comforting Soups”

  1. 1

    Andrea@WellnessNotes[11] — January 19, 2014 @ 6:03 pm[12]

    Feel better soon, Pam!


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    mia xara[14] — January 19, 2014 @ 10:22 pm[15]

    Hi Pam, great variety of soups, I especially like the taco one! I hope you’ll get back to feeling normal in no time, I know the yucky feeling, I had the flu a week and a half ago


  3. 3

    lenia[17] — January 20, 2014 @ 1:30 am[18]

    A delicious post full of great recipes!



  4. 4

    Jenn[20] — January 20, 2014 @ 4:24 am[21]

    Hope you feel better soon!!!


  5. 5

    Joanne[23] — January 20, 2014 @ 5:18 am[24]

    Oh no! I hope you feel better chica! If we lived closer, I would bring you a big pot of one of these soups!


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    Larry[26] — January 20, 2014 @ 5:58 am[27]

    Sorry you are feeling poorly Pam and hope it goes away soon. You have provided a fine looking list of soups and I’m off to look at the details. By coming to Florida, we have missed a big part of soup season.


  7. 7

    Kris — January 20, 2014 @ 7:51 am[29]

    I am so sorry to hear you are sick! Feel better soon!!!
    xo Kris


  8. 8

    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl[31] — January 20, 2014 @ 8:10 am[32]

    I sure hope you are feeling better Pam. If anything could do the trick, it would be this soup!


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    gloria[34] — January 20, 2014 @ 8:56 am[35]

    love these soups!!


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    The Café Sucre Farine[37] — January 20, 2014 @ 11:04 am[38]

    So sorry you’re not feeling well Pam, that stinks! But you certainly know how to make some wonderful looking soups when you’re well, these all look amazing, I’m in love with that Hungarian Mushroom Soup!


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    Catherine[40] — January 20, 2014 @ 2:55 pm[41]

    Dear Pam, I am so sorry that you are not feeling well. I wish I lived near to help.

    All of these soups look delicious and comforting for when you are not feeling well.

    The news is saying we are supposed to get 14 inches here tomorrow with a wind chill of 20 below!!!!
    I hope not!!!
    Well, stay cozy and warm and feel better soon. Blessings dear. Catherine xo


  12. 12

    Peggy Recker — January 20, 2014 @ 4:01 pm[43]

    Your soups are always so good. I hope you are feeling better! We are well below freezing here!


  13. 13

    Blond Duck[45] — January 20, 2014 @ 7:02 pm[46]

    I hope you feel better!


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