Fresh Tomato and Pepper Bisque

I basically came up with this at the end of summer and picked all my tomatoes, bell and banana peppers and did not know what to do with them all! Threw everything in a pot and used the imagination. I served it with a dollop of sour cream and chips. Try topping with grilled cheese croutons. Make it your own!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
8 servings


  • 2 ½ quarts whole tomatoes

  • ¼ yellow onion, diced

  • ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil , divided

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 cups fresh tomato juice

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 2 banana peppers, finely chopped

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • ½ cup heavy cream (Optional)

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

  2. Place tomatoes and onion on a rimmed baking sheet; drizzle with about 1/4 cup olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Roast in the preheated oven until well browned and softened, about 15 minutes. Let cool until ready to use.

  4. Heat remaining olive oil and tomato juice in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add garlic and the roasted onion; cook until softened, about 10 minutes.

  5. Chop the roasted tomatoes and add to the soup. Add bell peppers, banana peppers, chicken broth, sugar, and butter. Simmer until vegetables are very tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and puree until smooth in a blender or using an immersion blender.

  6. Return bisque to the pan and add cream. Simmer over low heat until heated through, about 15 minutes. Garnish with basil.

Cook's Note:

Use whatever tomatoes you have. Heirloom, cherry, and beefsteak all work.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

366 Calories
32g Fat
20g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 366
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 40%
Saturated Fat 9g 46%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 522mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 76mg 381%
Calcium 45mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 694mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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