Chunky Cream of Tomato with Bacon Soup

by Michelle on January 30, 2009

It is still so cold here, the high today was 7 degrees. Beautiful, bright sunny days are so deceiving because no matter how you dress, the bitter cold wind just cuts through every layer. I usually enjoy winter, I love the solitude and the quiet a new snow brings. With no bugs nor heat to bother us, hiking in the woods with my dogs is so much fun. But this year, it’s just too darn cold to do much outside! So I am making body-warming comfort meals and with no warming trend predicted any time soon, it appears as if I will be making them for sometime!

I saw a similar tomato soup being made on one of the Foodnetwork programs and it looked so good. So I whipped up a batch for my own taste and what I had on hand. It was a huge hit and Mr. Tastebuds loved it!

Instead of crackers, I served it with some of my Fennel Seed BreadSticks. The breadsticks were delicious dunked into the chunky tomato goodness.

Chunky Cream of Tomato with Bacon Soup
Recipe developed by Big-Black-Dog

3 pts of my home-canned tomatoes from my garden or you can use 2-3 lg cans of crushed tomatoes
2 TBL EVOO
3 garlic cloves, I used fresh Simonetti Garlic
5-6 green onions including stem, chopped into 1/4″ pieces
1 tsp dried thyme leaves
1-2 TBL dried basil leaves
1 tsp tarragon
2 strips smoked bacon, fried crisp and finely diced
5-6 sun-dried tomatoes, finely diced
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 cups chicken broth
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Garnish with minced fresh parsley

Pour 2 TBL EVOO in a heavy-bottomed, non-aluminum pan on low heat. Add the peeled, whole garlic cloves and saute until the cloves are just golden brown. Remove the garlic to a cutting board and mash the soft garlic with a fork. Turn the burner up to medium and add the minced bacon. Return the mashed garlic to the pan and add the tomatoes, Thyme, Basil, Tarragon and dried tomatoes, stir. Add the chicken broth and heat through. Add the green onions and heavy cream and stir slightly and heat through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish each bowl with minced parsley. Serve hot.

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Comments

  • Shari January 31, 2009 at 2:44 am

    I love tomato soup. That looks amazing. I bet the bacon flavor is really nice.

  • kat January 31, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Bacon in tomato soup! yum!

  • Lucy..♥ January 31, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    YUM! Looks so good!

  • giz January 31, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    The flavours in this soup are really interesting. I’m trying to combine tarragon, bacon and cream in my head and I think you need to send me a sampler.

  • Michelle February 1, 2009 at 4:10 am

    I was using Tarragon in anything with a tomato sauce and chicken. But the last few months I’ve tried Tarragon with beef and even on a pork roast….just yummy.

  • recipes2share February 1, 2009 at 8:18 am

    looks delicious – I’m with you on this cold winter & it’s going to take a few sunny days to shift the pounds!

  • Kayte February 1, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    This looks so great, and in that bowl, so elegant! Love the flavor combinations…definitely putting this one on the “to try” list!

  • cantbelieveweate February 2, 2009 at 1:06 am

    This looks fabulous and sounds like it tastes every bit as good as it looks! On my list!

  • Lisa February 2, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Comfort food at its best. If I could have that with the grilled cheese I’m currently eating, I’d be in absolute heaven!

  • Kevin February 9, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I like the sound of adding bacon to tomato soup!

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