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Smoked Tomato Bisque

A creamy and indulgent vegetarian tomato bisque made with fresh smoked tomatoes.
Course Soup
Cuisine American, BBQ, Barbecue
Keyword homemade tomato soup with fresh tomatoes and milk, smoked tomato bisque, smoked tomato soup
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

For the smoked tomatoes:

  • 6 large beefsteak tomatoes quartered
  • Salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Old bay spice

For the soup:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 1 celery stalk chopped
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 cups vegetarian stock can use chicken stock too
  • 4 cups of the smoked tomatoes and their juices
  • 3 sprigs of thyme tied together with string (or chopped)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • Salt to taste (about 1 ½ teaspoons is a good bet)
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste

Instructions

To smoke the tomatoes:

  • Prep your smoker to 250 degrees.
  • Toss your tomatoes with olive oil, salt, pepper, and old bay seasoning, and place them on a foil lined sheet pan. Smoke them for up to 2 hours.
  • Remove from smoker and peel the skins from the tomatoes while they are still warm.

To make the soup:

  • Heat the butter in a large soup pot set to medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, and celery, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 7-9 minutes (until soft). Add the garlic and cook for 1 additional minute.
  • Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes.
  • Add the stock and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Add the bay leaf and thyme (wrapped in kitchen twine), and lower to a simmer.
  • Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove thyme sprigs and bay leaf.
  • Using a hand immersion blender (or counter top blender), blend the soup until smooth.
  • Whisk in the cream, and season with salt and pepper.

Notes

For a non-vegetarian version, begin the soup with 2 thick pieces of diced bacon. Remove bacon pieces and discard half the bacon fat. Then move on to step 1 (butter, veggies, etc). Then top the soup with the reserved crispy bacon pieces.