Fire-roasted tomatoes, bacon, sautéed onion, fresh thyme and a little cream combine to make a smooth, flavorful tomato soup that works as a first or main course.

Bacon and Tomato Soup

Bacon, onion and fresh thyme lend a mellow blend of flavors to this simple puréed tomato soup.

Made with a base of canned fire-roasted tomatoes and chicken (or vegetable) broth, then finished with a touch of heavy cream, it has a smooth texture and just the right amount of richness.

Bacon and Tomato Soup

Bacon and Tomato Soup

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Fire-roasted tomatoes, bacon, sautéed onion, fresh thyme, and a little cream combine to make a smooth, flavorful soup that works as first or main course.

Ingredients

  • 6 strips thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
  • 3 cups canned, fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained (one 28-ounce can)
  • 1-1/2 cups low-sodium chicken, or vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream, or more to taste

Instructions

  • In a heavy soup pot, fry the bacon until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain and set aside. Discard all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat.
  • Add the olive oil to the pot and heat over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft and translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and continue cooking just until fragrant.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, chicken broth and thyme. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Season to taste with salt and pepper and continue simmering, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the soup from the heat and purée using a hand-held immersion or conventional blender. Stir in the bacon and cream, ladle into individual bowls and serve immediately.
  • Serve with a salad and a slices of sourdough bread with butter for an easy dinner.
Calories: 197kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 26mg, Sodium: 588mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 7g
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