Roasted Tomato Carrot Bisque

Tomato soup is  an all-time favorite but  elevate it with roasted vegetables and you’ll be in heaven with Roasted Tomato Carrot Bisque.  The extra step of roasting cherry tomatoes, carrots and bell peppers  is so worth it.  The flavor is deep  and rich and works beautifully with the swirl of heavy cream on top.

To roast the vegetables, combine the carrots, tomatoes and bell peppers on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Sprinkle with spices and toss to coat the veggies evenly.

Put the garlic cloves on a sheet of aluminum foil and drizzle lightly with olive oil.  Bring the edges of the foil together to make a tightly sealed packet.  Place the packet in the middle of the vegetables.

Place the pan in the oven and roast for about 40 minutes, flipping the peppers after about 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven.

While the vegetables are roasting, add the chopped onion to a stockpot with some olive oil.  Once soft, add the tomato paste and cook for another few minutes.  

Add the broth, potatoes and salt and bring to a medium boil.  Cook for about 20 minutes or until soft.

Add the roasted vegetables (squeeze the garlic from their skin) and basil leaves to the stockpot and use an immersion blender to purée until smooth.

To serve, ladle the soup into bowls, top with halved cherry tomatoes, a drizzle of cream and some fresh basil leaves.

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Roasted Tomato Carrot Bisque

Makes: 10 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


Roasted Vegetables:

  • 3 pints cherry (or grape) tomatoes (use all red or a combination)
  • 12 ounces carrots, roughly chopped (or use baby carrots)
  • 1 large bell pepper, cut into large chunks (I like to use yellow or orange for a pretty color.)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper


  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 large (about 8 ounces) sweet onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth, plus extra if needed
  • 2 medium-large yellow or Russet potatoes (about 12 ounces), peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

To Finish:

  • roasted veggies
  • 1/2 cup tightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2-4 tbsp heavy cream, optional
  • fresh basil leaves for garnish
  • small red and/or yellow tomatoes halved, for garnish
  • 6 cloves garlic, unpeeled


Roasted Vegetables:

Line a sheet pan with foil, for easy cleanup. Preheat the oven to 425 ˚F.

Combine the tomatoes and carrots and bell pepper on a sheet pan and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with the Italian seasoning, garlic salt, sugar and pepper. Toss with your hands to evenly distribute the oil and seasonings. Place the 6 cloves of garlic on a small piece of foil. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and bring up the edges of the foil to make a tightly sealed packet. Push some of the veggies away from the center of the pan to make a place for the garlic packet and nestle into place.

Place the pan in the preheated oven and roast for 15 minutes. Shake the pan gently to rotate the carrots and tomatoes. Flip the pepper pieces to the opposite side. Roast for another 20-25 minutes or until most of the juice from the tomatoes has evaporated. Remove from the oven.


While the veggies are roasting, heat the 1 tablespoon of butter in a large soup or stockpot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened and translucent. Add the tomato paste and cook for another 2-3 minutes until the tomato paste deepens in color.

Add the chicken broth, potatoes and salt. Increase the heat and bring to a medium boil. Cover and cook for 20 minutes until potatoes are nice and soft.

To Finish:

Add the roasted veggies (just squeeze the garlic cloves out of their skins) and fresh basil leaves to the stockpot and blend until smooth, using an immersion blender. You can also transfer the mixture to a regular blender, add the roasted veggies and blend until smooth. (If using a regular blender, be sure to leave the center cap of the cover off and cover the opening with a sieve, kitchen towel or several thicknesses of paper towels to prevent heat build-up and possible explosion.)

Add 2-4 tablespoons of cream (optional) and stir to blend. Taste and season with more kosher salt, if needed. If you prefer a thinner soup, add a bit more chicken broth.

Serve the soup bowls, garnished with halved cherry or grape tomatoes and/or a drizzle of cream or balsamic vinegar and fresh basil leaves. Refrigerate any leftovers and enjoy within 3-4 days or freeze for a delicious dinner on a busy day!

Recipe from The Cafe Sucre Farine


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