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Tomato Soup Vs. Tomato Bisque: Is There A Difference?
By Emily Hopkins
Nothing is as comforting as snuggling up on the couch with a hot bowl of winter soup to keep the cold away, and tomato soup and bisque are among the best options. While they share an almost similar consistency, soups and bisques are different, and the same is true for tomato soup and tomato bisque.
Although tomato bisque is technically a soup, several clear-cut differences separate the two, the most apparent being the ingredients. The critical components for making tomato soup are tomatoes and either chicken or vegetable stock, while tomato bisque adds heavy cream to these ingredients.
The name bisque refers to the creamy texture rather than the actual ingredients of the soup, and just like any other version, tomato bisque is one of the modern ways to prepare a creamy soup where the primary ingredient is tomato. Cream is an essential ingredient for making tomato bisque, as it's responsible for achieving that elusive texture signature to this dish, according to The Cookful.
Some tomato soups also use cream, but they are prepared differently, as the cream is added during the early stages of cooking a bisque. Based on their consistency, you can easily spot the difference between the two when they are served side-by-side, and whichever route you choose, your tomato soup (or bisque) will surely be a hit.