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Smoked Tomato Basil Bisque
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Smoked Tomato Basil Bisque

Prep Time: 45 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes

What to do with all of those garden or Farmer's Market fresh tomatoes? Have no fear-- a hearty, creamy, smokey bisque is about to sweep you off of your feet. The incredibly easy, seven ingredient bisque is a no-brainer. This one was a garden party hit at our house this year and is set to become a quick classic with our family. The smoke boosts both the flavor of the basil and the tangy nature of the tomatoes, and is at once surprising and warming. Happy harvest!


  • 5 pounds tomatoes, diced with skins on.
  • 6-8 cups fresh basil leaves, cleaned and de-stemmed
  • 4 medium-sized yellow onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup liquid smoke
  • 1-3 tablespoons grape seed or other high heat oil for sauteing
  • 1 cup nutritional yeast
  • Real Salt, to taste
  • 1/4 cup vegan Parmesan to top (optional)
  • A few dollops of vegan cashew cream for garnishing (optional)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 425. Clean and dice tomatoes.
  2. Roast tomatoes in a high heat oil in oven for approximately two hours, checking once an hour.
  3. Meanwhile, saute basil leaves with diced yellow onion in oil over medium heat in skillet until onions have become translucent.
  4. When tomatoes have been removed from oven, transfer them and your basil/onion mixture to a food processor and pulse, or use a hand blender to puree until relatively smooth but still thick. Use caution-- they're hot.
  5. Slowly add in liquid smoke, nutritional yeast, and salt. Mix well, allowing soup to contain a slightly chunky texture.
  6. Season to taste. Bring to a low boil in a soup pot, reduce to a simmer, serve hot. Feel free to add more liquid smoke to up the ante on the smoke flavor, but do so carefully. A little bit goes a long way, and the flavor will emerge more with time.
  7. Serve with your favorite vegan crackers or bread & garnish of your choice. Enjoy!

*Image courtesy Flickr Creative Commons.





Healthy Snacks Delivered Monthly
    Vote #8 Driftlessvegetarian, the recipe sounds tasty!
  2. Brittney Chae
    Brittney Chae
    I made this tonight and it was so delicious! Thanks for the post.


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