I don’t know about you all but to me, there is just nothing out there better than a steaming bowl of Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Bisque paired with a fresh Caesar salad. I know if you don’t like tomatoes this recipe probably won’t appeal to you, and I totally get that. My husband whom I dearly love is a massive tomato hater and ya’ll, I honestly don’t know how we make our marriage work sometimes because of his deep seated hatred for tomatoes and my undying love for them, but somehow it works and it’s a beautiful thing. Okay, yeah, so that was waayy dramatic but still, tomatoes are beautiful and wonderful and so is this Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Bisque, so you just need to go out there and get yo self some, okay?!
Okay. Another great reason why you should make this Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Bisque is because it’s so darn easy! You just can’t beat a recipe that’s delicious AND so easy it’s almost sinful! So, let’s get started, shall we?
First off, pop open a two cans of tomato sauce (any brand) and pour into a 4 quart or larger slow cooker.
Once the tomato sauce is added, set your cans of crushed tomatoes out along with a blender (you’re going to be using two, 28oz cans); you’re going to blend these bad boys which might seem a little weird but I like the texture it gives this Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Bisque when blended.
Pour the crushed tomatoes in to a blender and blend for 10 seconds. Yes, I have counted and 10 seconds seems to be the magic number here.
Once you have that blended, throw it in the slow cooker with the tomato sauce.
Now it’s time to start adding in your seasonings! I started with the basil since that is the key ingredient to this Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Bisque.
After adding the basil, add in some garlic powder, minced onion, garlic salt, and salt. This looks like a lot of seasonings, and it is, but just trust me on this. It turns out so beautifully and really blends together well. Nobody likes bland Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Bisque so you want to make sure you’re not that person serving bland bisque at your next dinner. Trust me on this.
Give this all a good stir and make sure it combines well.
Now that all of your seasonings are added, you’re going to add in 4 cups of broth. You can use chicken broth or bone broth, I’ve used both (all homemade, although store bought can be used as well, just make sure it’s low sodium and reduced fat). Here I’m using some homemade turkey bone broth leftover from Christmas turkey.
Give everything a good stir again and add in 2 1/2 tablespoons of butter. That’s REAL butter ya’ll! Nobody needs to be using that fake, plastic stuff, it just won’t be the same, I promise.
Once you’re butter is added, you’re ready to start cooking. Place the lid on the slow cooker, set it to cook on high for 3 hours or low 5 hours and go live your best life while the slow cooker does all of the hard work in the kitchen.
Once the Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Bisque is cooked, remove the slow cooker insert from the heating element, take the lid off of the slow cooker and allow the bisque to cool for around 15 minutes. Once it has cooled some, add in your milk. You don’t want to add your milk when the Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Bisque is still pipping hot or your milk will curdle.
Once the milk has been added, give the Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Bisque a good stir and serve it up with some grilled cheese sandwiches and a fresh Caesar salad.
This is one of my most requested recipes from my family because they love it so much. I have had different ones I’ve made this recipe for say that it was the best Tomato Soup they have eaten. If you’ve ever ate at BJ’s Brewery and had their Tomato Basil Bisque, this recipe tastes very similar and was my inspiration for this recipe. I love their Tomato Basil Bisque paired with Caesar salad so much that I had to recreate that winning combination at home.
I hope you love this recipe as much as I do!
Happy winter friends!
Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Bisque
A delicious, savory bisque that tastes similar to BJ's Brewery Tomato Basil Bisque.
- 2 28oz cans tomato sauce
- 2 28oz cans crushed tomatoes blended until smooth
- 4 cups low fat low sodium chicken or bone broth
- 1 cup fat free milk
- 2 tsp dried basil flakes
- 1 1/2 tbsp garlic salt
- 1 tbsp dried minced onion
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 1/2 tbsp butter
Pour tomato sauce into a 4 quart or larger slow cooker, blend crushed tomatoes for 10 seconds per can and pour into the slow cooker.
Add in all seasonings and stir until well combined.
Add in the broth and stir again.
Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or low 5 hours.
Once cooked, remove slow cooker insert from the heating element and allow to sit and cool, with the lid off, for about 15 minutes.
Once cooled, add in the milk and stir well.
Serve hot with grilled cheese sandwiches and fresh Caesar salad on the side and enjoy!
Place cooked and cooled soup into an airtight container with a lid. Use painters tape and a black permanent marker to write the name of the dish along with the day you made it and place the tape on the bowl and freeze.
When you are ready to heat the soup, set out the night before to thaw, or place in the microwave for 3-4 minutes to thaw slightly before pouring into a sauce pan and heating on medium heat while stirring until warmed through.
Serve hot with grilled cheese sandwiches and Caesar Salad.
Recipe comes to 2 Freestyle Smart Points for a 1 cup serving. Yields 8 servings.
Shared at Full Plate Thursday
Shared at Foodie Friday Link Party
Also shared at Weekend Potluck