Updated: Nov 28, 2022
There is nothing better than a bowl full of piping hot soup on a cold day, which the whole family could enjoy! Soups are a wonderful way to add nutrition and volume to your meals (it's a popular weight management tool)! This recipe is as simple as it gets and as healthy and savory as it could be!
My first time having tomato bisque was at Fisherman's Wharf, in a flaky bread bowl! It was so good, I went back for it the next night! Oh man, it was delicious but shockingly calorie-loaded! I couldn't feel more guilty after that. But after trying a few different home-made versions of it, I settled on this recipe, not at all loaded with fat and carb calories!
Always check the nutrition label on the ready-to-eat soups found at grocery stores! You'll be shocked to see the generous amounts of calories and fat from butter/cream for flavor! There is no healthiest version except the homemade version!
There are many wonderful benefits to using celery. It is loaded with diverse biological antifungal, antibacterial, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds and is useful for folks with high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and cholesterol. It's also rich in fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, potassium, and calcium.
Let's jump to the recipe!
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 25-30 min
Cooking time (stovetop): 35-40 minutes
Instant pot: 8 minutes "saute" mode and "pressure cook " 6 minutes followed by quick release
olive oil, 2 tbsp
garlic, chopped, 3-4 cloves
sweet yellow onion, chopped, 1 cup
celery sticks, chopped, 1 cup
carrots, diced, 3/4 cup
sweet potatoes, diced, 3/4 cup
fire-roasted tomatoes, 1 can
2 lbs or 4 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped (preferably beefsteak variety)
4 cups of water
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, optional
1/4 tsp black pepper
basil leaves, fresh or dried
Italian seasoning, dried, 1 tsp
salt to taste
roasted garlic and herb seasoning, 1 Tbsp
add oil to the pot. Caramelize the onions till nice and brown, add garlic. Toss other veggies to the pot- celery, sweet potatoes, carrots, and saute for 7-8 minutes.
add fresh and canned tomatoes, cook for 40 minutes on low-medium flame. Keep the pot covered.
blenderize or use an immersion blender, once it's cool enough. Add in all the seasonings, and warm up before serving. Top it off with fresh basil leaves.
caramelize the onions, sweat the vegetables like mushrooms, celery and carrots, these add the aroma, which is the most important first step in soup making
stove-top simmering is a great way to make more flavorful soups as compared to the pressure cooking
a hint of butter on top is totally optional
soups taste way better the next day, always make enough for leftovers
Try my minestrone soup recipe!
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Give this recipe a try and share how it came out! I would love to hear from you! Enjoy! :)