tomato soup

Copycat Panera Tomato Soup - Tomato Bisque Soup

Copycat recipe for Panera Bread Creamy Tomato Soup
Course Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 158 kcal
Author Mom Foodie Contributor


  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1 medium carrots chopped
  • 1 celery rib chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • basil to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 3 1/2 cups low sodium chicken stock (or vegetable stock for vegetarian version)
  • 28 oz fire roasted tomatoes can, diced, drained (or you can use 8 fresh tomatoes,diced)
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 tbs sugar
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • hot sauce to taste (optional)
  • croutons optional
  • sour cream optional
  • parsley optional


  1. Put olive oil in a large stockpot over medium heat.
  2. Once hot, add onion, carrot, celery & garlic. Stir to coat with oil, then add salt, pepper, and pepper flakes(a pinch of each). Stir frequently until the veggies are lightly browned.
  3. Sprinkle the wheat flour over the veggies and stir to evenly coat.
  4. Pour in chicken stock and reseason with a pinch of salt, pepper, and pepper flakes.
  5. Add tomatoes, paste, leaves and sugar. Stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes, then remove from burner and retrieve the bay leaves.
  6. Pour the mixture to a blender till 3/4 of the way full, and puree. Temporarily, pour puree into a bowl, while repeating the pureeing with remaining soup.
  7. Return all the soup to the pan and stir in the half & half. Turn burner on to medium, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring regularly.
  8. Give the tomato bisque a final seasoning, with salt & pepper and adding in the basil (to taste), Finally, stir in butter (and hot sauce, if you like) to taste.
  9. To Serve: Garnish with a dollop of sour cream, croutons, and fresh chopped parsley.
Nutrition Facts
Copycat Panera Tomato Soup - Tomato Bisque Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 158 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 355mg 15%
Potassium 337mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 6g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 53.2%
Vitamin C 8.4%
Calcium 8.1%
Iron 8.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.