7 Delicious Recipes for Creamy Bisque Soups

In the fall and winter, there are few things more comforting than a steaming bowl of creamy soup. Chowders, soups, and stews take the forefront throughout the freezing season, and for those who like the ultimate comfort food, bisques especially shine. The smooth, creamy soups warm you up and coat your stomach for the cold day ahead, and as is the case with the best lunches and dinners, the decadent dish is always over too soon. But luckily, if you make your bisque at home, you can enjoy leftovers for days, and that’s why we’re rounding up seven recipes that you can make homemade. These bisques will warm you from top to bottom, and we’re even highlighting a few vegan options so no one is ostracized from the indulgence.

1. Gingered Pumpkin Bisque

Pumpkin squash bacon soup

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We’re kicking things off with a pumpkin bisque recipe from Taste of Home. This food formula has all the makings of a perfect bisque recipe including ginger, pumpkin, cream, vanilla extract, maple syrup, seasonings, broth, and juice. It’ll take just 35 minutes to make and can be served as a light lunch or as part of a dinner. The pumpkin soup will be started in a sauce pot and then pureed in a blender, yielding 4 servings.

Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup chopped shallots
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (14½ ounces) chicken broth
  • ⅓ cup apple cider or juice
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1½ teaspoons maple syrup
  • ⅛ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • Dash ground cloves
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream or half-and-half cream
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Additional heavy whipping cream, optional
  • Fresh thyme sprigs, optional

Get full recipe directions at Taste of Home

2. Fire-Roasted Tomato Bisque

Tomato soup, gazpacho, yellow pea soup

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Tomato bisque is also a popular dish in the fall and winter, and Food & Wine has a recipe that will help you make it from scratch. Follow these instructions for a velvety tomato bisque that should be served with bread, a side salad, or even grilled cheese. Thanks to the heavy cream on the ingredients list, this soup is as decadent as they come, but one spoonful of this fresh bisque and you will already be looking forward to seconds.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
  • 2 (14½-ounce) cans diced fire-roasted tomatoes, drained
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • Salt and freshly ground white pepper
  • ½ cup garlic or cheese croutons, for garnish (optional)

Get full recipe directions at Food & Wine

3. Shrimp Bisque

Apple and Leek Soup

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This recipe from Bon Appetit yields an indulgent shrimp bisque that you can enjoy steaming hot. It’s all about the butter, brandy, shrimp, cream, rice, and seasonings. Serve this shrimp bisque as an appetizer at your next winter dinner party, and treat your guests to the creamy seafood soup.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  •  pounds medium shrimp, peeled, deveined, shells reserved
  • 2 bay leaves, divided
  • 2 carrots, peeled, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ½ cup brandy
  • ¼ cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh chives

Get full recipe directions at Bon Appetit

4. Chicken Tomato Bisque

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If you’re a bisque lover but want to get your chicken fix too, try this formula for chicken tomato bisque featured on Recipe.com. It’s similar to the aforementioned tomato bisque on our list except that it enlists shredded, cooked chicken for a heartier meal. This bisque is one you can enjoy for lunch or dinner on its own, but it also tastes great paired with crusty bread or a side salad. Chicken and heavy cream are a match made in savory soup heaven, and the fresh oregano is the perfect touch.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes with juice
  • 1½ cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon chopped oregano
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) shredded cooked chicken

Get full recipe directions at Recipe.com

5. Lobster Bisque

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Perhaps one of the most popular bisque dishes ordered at restaurants is lobster bisque. Now, with this recipe from A Sweet Pea Chef, you can make it at home. Ready in under an hour, the bisque is made from a combination of lobster tales, garlic, white wine, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, dried thyme, and of course, heavy cream. It’s surprisingly easy to make and as long as you aren’t afraid to work with some lobster shells, you can serve your fresh homemade lobster bisque in no time. Get ready for a creamy, dreamy soup that you can proudly say came straight from your kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 3 lobster tails, in shells
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • ½ small onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco or Cholula sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ⅓ cup dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1½ cups lobster base
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

Get full recipe directions at A Sweet Pea Chef

6. Vegan Mushroom Bisque

Mushroom soup

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Believe it or not, vegans can enjoy the creamy soup that is bisque too. As long as you swap out the cream and butter and swap in a couple substitutes, you can easily enjoy a bisque that is vegan-friendly and dairy-free. This mushroom bisque from The Flaming Vegan is a great example. The recipe developer uses olive oil instead of butter and coconut cream instead of half and half. She also enlists mushrooms, garlic, wine, and rice to further flavor her soup.  The mushroom bisque can be made in just 40 minutes time and is a great dish for carnivores and vegans alike.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • ½ cup celery, chopped
  • ⅓ pound white mushrooms, sliced
  • ⅓ pound crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • ⅓ pound shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • ⅓ pound oyster mushrooms, sliced
  • ⅓ cup Arborio or other risotto rice
  • 1 large sprig fresh thyme, stemmed or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup dry sherry or white wine
  • 4 to 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup coconut cream
  • Crisped onion or shallot garnish

Get full recipe directions at The Flaming Vegan

7. Vegan Cauliflower Bisque

cream Cauliflower Soup with Cheese

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Last up is one more bisque recipe for vegan eaters. This formula for vegan cauliflower bisque featured on All Recipes proves that these soups don’t have to be diet-devastating to be delicious. The employment of vegetables, coconut milk, and veggie broth can yield a soul-warming soup that tastes more indulgent than it is. Coconut milk keeps the cauliflower bisque creamy while staying away from the heavy cream, and the seasonings and vegetables keep it flavorful. This vegan cauliflower bisque is well worth the 20 minutes of prep time and is a healthy alternative for those who want their seasonal bisque but want to eat healthy too.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup frozen vegetable blend
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed and minced
  • 2 pounds fresh cauliflower, cut into florets
  • ½ pound carrots, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 container vegetable broth
  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste

Get full recipe directions at AllRecipes

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