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Tomato Harissa Coconut Bisque

I love a good tomato soup. There is something so comforting about a piping hot bowl of creamy tomato bisque with a side of good bread or better yet, a grilled cheese sandwich. It really doesn’t get much better.

I’ve made a promise to myself that this season on Tumbleweed Farm I’m going to do a better job of preserving tomatoes. We did a few small batches last season but not nearly enough. The wintertime and early spring is such a lovely time of the year for tomato soups, stews, and chili. I wan’t to be more prepared heading into the slow season this year so stay on me guys!

This soup turned out to ba a happy accident in the kitchen. We got a nice dose of rain on Friday afternoon and needed something warm and soothing to bring us back to normal after a long and wet day in the fields. Standing in front of my stove, mindlessly stirring a pot of this spicy soup was just what the doctor ordered. When Taylor got out of the shower he walked into the kitchen and said, “I don’t know what you’ve got cooking but it smells awesome.” He took a mandatory taste test and confirmed that it was just as tasty as he predicted.

I couldn’t resist topping our bowls with fresh chives and those crunchy lentil croutons I’ve been making. If you haven’t made the lentils yet do so soon! They’re great to have on hand for topping everything from salads to dips and of course soup. We served our tomato bisque with chickpea flatbreads that we jazzed up with a few healthy pinches of za’atar. You can find my recipe for chickpea flatbread here.

This tomato soup definitely has some wiggle room to make it your own. Whenever I make soup I always taste test as I go. So the recipe below is just a basic guide. As with all of my recipes, I try and encourage people to trust themselves and add a little of this or that to make the dish suit their individual taste preference. When it comes to spice always start with less and add more as you go. I added quite a bit of harissa as I went, but I’ve scaled that back in the recipe below so you can take charge of how much heat you want. This soup is a lovely combination of spicy, sweet and creamy. All of my favorite things on a dreary spring evening. I hope you all enjoy this meal as much as we do. Grab a spoon and dig in!

Tomato Harissa Coconut Bisque

Prep Time: 10 minutes    Cook Time: 30 minutes    Serves: 4

  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2-3 teaspoons harissa spice mix (more or less depending on preference)
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (28 oz) can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 (14 oz) can full fat coconut milk
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large pot over medium heat melt the coconut oil. Add the chopped onions and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions soften up. About 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic, cumin, harissa, and tomato paste. Stir often until the mixture becomes very fragrant. About 45 seconds.
  2. Add the canned tomatoes with their juice, sugar and vegetable stock. Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
  3. Carefully puree the soup with an immersion blender or working in batches puree the soup in a high speed blender. Stir in the coconut milk and season the soup with salt and pepper. If the soup needs additional liquid add a bit of water or stock. Taste test and adjust seasonings if need be. Let the soup sit on the stove at a low temperature for an additional 20 minutes to let all the flavors melt together.
  4. Serve soup with chickpea flatbread, minced chives and crunchy lentils


*I cook with a taste and feel method. Use this recipe as a guide and adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary. *Have fun in the kitchen.

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14 thoughts on “Tomato Harissa Coconut Bisque

  1. This sounds so good – you’re right that nothing beats a bowl of hot tomato soup this time of year. I really need to get on those roasted lentils! We eat roasted chickpeas a lot and love them, but the crunchy zing of lentils sounds like a perfect soup and salad topper.

  2. Olivia says:

    I will try using this recipe to make this awesome soup of yours. Vegetables should be a major part of everyone’s diet. Fastfood is bad for the body. Lets start cooking more organic and wholesome meal for the family, I’m excited to try your recipe this weekend.

  3. Ok, I am obsessed with harissa but love your application here in this bisque! So delicious!

  4. The flavours in here are blowing the taste buds right off my face! I can’t get enough of coconut milk lately and I love how you paired it with the spicy Harissa goodness! Pinning!

  5. This looks absolutely divine! I recently made my own harissa and ever since then, I’m pretty obsessed. I had no idea you could use it in soup! Will have to try this out 🙂

  6. I love the flavors in this soup!

  7. Awesome combination with coconut, harissa, and tomatoes. I liked your harissa tomato sauce so I’m sure I’ll like this!

  8. katie says:

    I dont have harissa spice but I do have harissa paste. Any advice as a substitution?

    1. Andrea says:

      That will work just fine! The spice level may be different so definitely start with less and taste test as you go. Enjoy the soup!

  9. Betsy Amit says:

    We are crazy about this soup! Harissa paste is a staple in the middle east, but I have never used it in a soup. This recipe is a marvelous combination of flavors. Thank you.

    1. Andrea says:

      I’m so happy you loved this soup as much as we do! Cheers!

  10. magdalena says:

    Done! it is sooooo good , so tasty! Thank you!

  11. Lisa Kelly says:

    YUM!! WOW !! This was absolutely AMAZING !! This is one of the best tomato soups I have ever had.

    1. Andrea says:

      I’m so happy you loved it!

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