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Chunky Tomato Bacon Soup

To say that it’s been cold here lately is an understatement. Last week’s temperatures hovered right around frigid on the thermometer, and we needed something to keep ourselves warm, though I admit that it’s not as difficult this year as it’s been in the past because we’ve moved to an apartment with decent insulation. What I wanted was some soup. Luckily, I bookmarked a tomato soup recipe that I’d seen on Guy Fietttti’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown series a couple of weeks ago.

I don’t typically watch many of the showdown/competition type cooking shows that seem to have gobbled up most of the regular cooking shows on the Food Network schedule, but I’ve been watching this one because it features home cooks who have some pretty tasty sounding recipes. One of the recipes that piqued my interest was by Rick the retired SWAT guy, who ended up winning the Comfort Food episode with a first round mac and cheese recipe that looked like it kicked butt (I have to try it soon) and a second round chunky tomato bacon soup and heirloom tomato grilled cheese sandwich combo.

Honestly, I never thought that I’d be craving tomato soup, as it’s something that I’ve disliked since I was a kid. My sister loved the Cambell’s tomato soup in a can and would wave it in my face every time she had some, which was way too often, because she enjoyed torturing me with food that I didn’t like. She also did this with my mortal childhood enemy, pickles.

Where was I? Oh, yes, tomato soup. For some reason, Rick the retired SWAT guy’s soup really appealed to me, and I found myself thinking about it even after the show had ended. I just had to make this soup, and I wasn’t disappointed when I did. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find non-shriveled fresh basil at the grocery store, which would’ve added even more to the flavor, but dried worked well and the bacon really added a nice, smoky depth of flavor. I’m not sure if the amount of stock called for in the original recipe is a misprint, but I more than doubled it, and the soup was still very, very thick. This made it perfect for dipping, but I wonder if it wouldn’t work better as a sauce for pasta?

Chunky Tomato Bacon Soup
adapted from Food Network/Rick Massa

Ingredients

1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp. shallots, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp. fresh thyme, finely chopped
2 tsp. dried basil, or 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, finely chopped
3 strips smoked bacon, fried and broken into small pieces
3 oz. tomato paste
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken stock
salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbsp. chiffonade basil, for garnish (optional)

Directions

1. Puree tomatoes and set aside.

2. In a large stainless steel pot, heat the olive oil. Add shallots and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.

3. Add garlic, thyme, basil, tomato paste, and bacon. Stir continuously for a few minutes, until the tomato paste and other ingredients are thorougly mixed. Add the pureed tomatoes, vegetable (or chicken) broth, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer.

4. Lower heat, and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Add additional salt and pepper, if needed. Serve hot with basil garnish (optional) and bread or grilled cheese sandwiches on the side.

Posted in Food, Gluten Free, Soups | 2 Comments »

2 Responses

  1. My First Kitchen says:

    Hi, Kristen! I love your site! I found it through StumbleUpon, and I’ve had a great time looking around! Your projects are great, the photos are beautiful, and I feel like you’re really talking to me. AND JUST YESTERDAY I was craving tomato soup and made some. It didn’t have bacon though. Sad for me. I can’t wait to come back!



  2. Kristen says:

    I’m so glad that you like the site! And it must be that tomato soup time of the year…yum!



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