Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sherry Tomato Bisque

This is the best tomato soup EVER, and that is not an exaggeration. Don't believe me? Just try it. You will never want to consume another tomato liquid of any kind unless it's this soup. Okay, maybe a Bloody Mary, but that's it! The best part about this soup is all the ingredients are super simple to to find and it takes less than 30 minutes start to finish. I know I posted a tomato soup before, but this one is easier and I am sorry to say, more delicious. I got the idea from Pioneer Woman, who claims this is the best tomato soup ever, but I think I made it just a little better by adding garlic and a little more creamy dreamy by pureeing 3/4 of the soup. I usually start my recipes with another recipe, then as I am cooking improvise and change things. Oh, I also used fat free half and half instead of cream, which is every bit luxurious without all the fat. Win, win! 


  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick butter)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 28oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 46 oz bottle V8 original low sodium 
  • 4 tablespoons sugar 
  • 1.5 tubs of Knorr Homestyle concentrated chicken stock, low sodium or 3 chicken bullion cubes
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt
  • 1 1/2 cups fat free half and half 
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil 


Melt butter in large dutch oven or large pot, add onions and cook until translucent. Add the diced tomatoes, V8 and sugar. It is very important to add the sugar to counteract the acidity of the tomatoes. If you use another tomato juice other than V8, you may need to add more or less sugar depending on how acidic your juice is. 

Add the chicken stock concentrate or bullion, and plenty of fresh ground black pepper. Cook until the soup just comes to a boil, then turn down to simmer for 10 minutes. Scoop 3/4 of the soup into a blender (I like some texture, so I leave some chunky) and blend until smooth. Add the soup back to the pan, adding the sherry and half and half. Cook for an additional 5 minutes, stir in the basil and serve. 

Couldn't be simpler or more delicious! Enjoy! 

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