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

Yield: 2 to 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Serve with a salad and a slices of sourdough bread with butter for an easy dinner.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 197 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 26mg Sodium: 588mg Carbohydrates: 13g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 7g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 9g
Note: Nutrition information is estimated and may vary from your actual results.