For the 4th week of our Tomato Love Recipe Exchange, we are giving away a gorgeous red “Simmer, Steam & Fry Set” from Le Creuset. (See details below!) To celebrate, Cassie has posted an amazing heirloom tomato gazpacho. And I am excited to introduce you to one of my new favorites — Roasted Tomato Bacon Soup.
This recipe is everything you love about tomato soup…and more. It overflows with beautiful fresh tomatoes, roasted to sweet perfection. Then some smoked paprika kicks it up a notch. But of course, the bacon pretty much steals the show here. It is subtle, but just rounds everything out with that smoky, savory kick that’s pretty much impossible not to love. Overall, a very simple list of ingredients. But I loved how you could totally savor each one. My idea of a fabulous simple soup!
And the pictures don’t lie. This soup is co-lor-FUL! Wowza!!
So gather up your favorite tomatoes and cook up a pot of this roasted tomato bacon soup pronto! And be sure to enter the Le Creuset giveaway below, and share your favorite tomato soup recipes below in the Tomato Love Recipe Exchange. And, be sure to visit the International Justice Mission’s Recipe For Change page, where we are continuing the conversation this summer about how to best support and care for the farmers who grow our tomatoes. Cheers to the #TomatoLove, friends!
Yield: 4 servings
Roasted Tomato Bacon Soup
Roasted tomato soup meets…BACON!
- 2 lbs. roma tomatoes, halved lengthwise
- 1-2 Tbsp. vegetable or canola oil
- 6 strips bacon, chopped
- 1 small white onion
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1.5 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
- 2/3 cup heavy cream
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment, and lay out tomatoes so that they are in a single layer. Drizzle or mist with 1-2 tablespoons of vegetable or canola oil, and then sprinkle generously with salt and black pepper. Roast until tomatoes are tender, about an hour.
Meanwhile, heat a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, until crispy (about 8-10 minutes). Transfer to a heat-proof bowl and set aside, reserving about 2 tablespoons of the fat in the stockpot.
Add onion and saute for about 5 minutes until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Then add the chicken or vegetable stock, bay leaf, smoked paprika, roasted tomatoes and cooked bacon and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 15-20 minutes to slightly reduce.
If desired, use an immersion blender to puree the soup. Or transfer the soup in small batches into a blender and puree until smooth. (Be very careful pureeing hot liquids!) Transfer the soup back to the stockpot and stir in the heavy cream. Remove from the heat and serve immediately.
How To Participate In The “Tomato Love Recipe Exchange” Soups Week:
For a chance to win a Le Creuset Simmer, Steam & Fry Set :
- Write and post a recipe on your blog featuring tomato SOUPS.
- Include “”Come share in the tomato love at the Tomato Love Recipe Exchange, hosted by Gimme Some Oven & Bake Your Day, sponsored this week by Le Creuset. Also visit Recipe for Change to learn more about how to support tomato farmers.” in your blog post.
- No blog? Just leave your recipe in the comments section.
- Add your link to the InLinkz widget below (we have the same widget code, so only add it on one site).
- Submit your post before Sunday August 5, 11:59pm CST.
- Anyone can participate in the link up, but the prizes will ship to US addresses only.
- More detailed info is available here. There are ways to earn additional entries, make sure to come back to this post and leave a comment for each entry that you complete.
Additional Entries For Everyone!
You can earn up to three additional entries by doing each of the following, but you must leave a comment below saying that you have done so.
- Twitter: Tweet the following: Join @gimmesomeoven & @bakeyourday in celebrating tomato farmers/recipes at the #r4c #TomatoLove Recipe Exchange! – http://bit.ly/PQPF4h
- Instagram: Instagram a photo of your submitted recipe(s) with the following text: “I just shared (your recipe’s name) in the #TomatoLove Recipe Exchange.”
- Pinterest: Pin any image from this post, inviting people to participate in the recipe exchange. Use the #TomatoLove hashtag.