Fresh roasted tomatoes, onions and garlic are simmered together and blended with fresh basil, creating this delicious and creamy vegan Tomato Basil Bisque!
Summer means seasonal tomatoes. I really wanted to take the opportunity to make the best out of summer and roast fresh tomatoes picked at their peak! The oven does its magic by caramelizing the tomatoes and onions! You can definitely use canned tomatoes and still have a delicious bowl of soup.
I wanted to use a tomato soup without cream this time around, so I went to my favorite vegan source, Chloe’s Kitchen: 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Making the Food You Love the Vegan Way. Chloe Coscarelli’s vegan recipes are overcomplicated and simply delicious!
The croutons are totally optional, but they add such a nice crunchy texture!
Tomato Basil Bisque
- 6 slices French bread or your favorite bread cut into ½-inch cubes
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ½ t sea salt
- ¼ t freshly ground black pepper
- 2 to 2½ pounds tomatoes quartered
- 5 cloves garlic peeled and left whole
- 2 onions sliced
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- ½ cup chopped fresh basil plus more for garnish
- 2 T light brown sugar
- 1 t fresh lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Place the bread cubes on a large baking sheet. Drizzle the bread with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat Spread the bread cubes in one layer. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, turning with a spatula every 10 minutes. The croutons are ready with they are crisp and lightly browned.
- Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Place the tomatoes, garlic, and onions on a large rimmed baking sheet. Add the olive oil and generously season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.
- Roast in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until tomatoes are lightly browned and caramelized. Carefully transfer roasted vegetables to a large pot and add the vegetable broth. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add the 1/2 cup of the freshly chopped basil. Using an immersion blender, carefully blend until smooth. Alternatively, you can transfer the soup in small batches to a blender, and blend until smooth. If using a blender, the blender should never be more than half full since the heat will cause the mixture to expand.
- If using a blender, return soup to the pot. Add the brown sugar and lemon juice. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve the bisque with croutons and additional chopped basil.