Copycat Panera Bread Creamy Tomato Bisque Soup Recipe

This Copycat Panera Bread Creamy Tomato Bisque Soup Recipe is the only tomato soup I will make – it’s just that good, y’all! Perfect in a bread bowl, especially on those cold, chilly evenings when all you want to do is snuggle by the fireplace and drink hot cocoa, but with this soup instead! You have got to try this recipe!

Copycat Panera Bread Creamy Tomato Bisque Soup Recipe

If you love tomato soup, you are sure to love this version.  I first tried this soup on a cold, blustery Ohio day, and it was hands down the best I’ve ever had. When you try it, I’m sure you’ll agree!

 Copycat Panera Bread Creamy Tomato Bisque Soup Recipe

5.0 from 4 reviews
Copycat Panera Bread Creamy Tomato Bisque Soup Recipe
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Delicious Copy cat Panera Bread Creamy Tomato Bisque Soup Recipe - tastes just like the real deal!
Serves: 4
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 (28 oz) cans peeled tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • 8 large fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. In a heavy bottomed pot (or dutch oven), heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds - until fragrant. Add onion and cook, stirring as needed, until translucent - about 8 minutes.
  2. Add peeled tomatoes (with juice), chicken stock, and sugar. Bring to a low simmer. Cook uncovered, for 12 minutes or until it has thickened.
  3. Add the half and half, basil, oregano and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Using an immersion blender (or carefully transfer soup to a blender), puree soup until there are no large chunks left.

This is actually even better in a bread bowl! Snag some at the store, or, of course, make your own.  Enjoy!  Be sure to save it and PIN IT!

recipe adapted from The Novice Chef

  1. I didn’t grow any basil this year and the store bought stuff tastes like nothing. I subbed pesto and it was delish. Will make this again, and again, and again. Thank you for the recipe.

  2. This soup is delicious! I roasted my (canned) tomatoes, onions, and garlic for 90 minutes @ 350f and then proceeded from there! This is a KO and thank you so very much because for the price that I paid for the tomatoes and the basil I could have gotten only 2 cans of the Progresso tomato basil soup! This is winner-winner. We are eating this tonight with garlic cheese flatbread and tossed greens salad. Wow! My family thought that this was the Progresso version! I’ve never had Panera’s tomato soup but if this is anything like it I won’t hesitate to order it next time I’m there and it’s on the menu. Delicious! Thanks again!

  3. Laura – thank you so much for your kind words, and I am thrilled that you loved this recipe as much as I do!!

  4. used tomatoes and onions from our garden. Added a bit of tomato paste as it seemed a bit thin to me, I like it to be thicker. Very good! Going to work with me this week.

  5. Hi Jeanne! I am so glad you liked it, great idea to add some tomato paste. I’ll have to try that next time!! 🙂

  6. My wife and kids requested this one again tonight. Followed the directions, but added in a cup of freshly grated parmesan after running the immersion blender through it. It was a game changer for this recipe according to my wife. Note to self, add parmesan as a finishing touch.

  7. That sounds delicious! I love cheese, so I’ll have to do that. Speaking of which, maybe I’ll try Asiago next time! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  8. I see you reference serves 4 but do you know about what the quantity for each serving is? 1 cup… two cups each… etc. Thanks!

  9. made this today with fresh tomato from our garden. (boil water, and dip tomato to remove skin) Delicious! I thought it was a little thin so I will try tomato paste or something to thicken it next time. Panera soup is pricey and this was a breeze to make.

  10. I made this for a second time tonight and it is delish!
    I doubled the half and half to make it a little creamier. Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Made this soup for a brunch with my bowling ladies. No thing but great reviews by all. Will make again. Easy and fast.

  12. I have just found this post and am getting ready to make the soup. I don’t have an immersion blender or a food processor. Can I blend the cold canned tomatoes in my regular blender before adding them to the pot?

  13. Wow! I just made this soup for the first time EXACTLY how it is amd it is so incredibly good! I am kicking myself for not trying it sooner. It was incredibly easy and fast, my 3 girls are in love with it, thank you so much for the awesome recipe!

  14. Delicious soup. I had tio sub a bit. Only had 1 28 oz can of tomatoes so I used a can of sauce and a can of diced, both 14 oz. Also used dried basil. It came out so tasty. Will definitely make again. Thank you!

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