This Smoked Tomato Bacon Soup can be made with fresh garden tomatoes or canned tomatos in off season. Delicious with crunchy bacon on top!

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The other night I made this delicious Savory Tomato Bacon Soup before our family went our separate ways. I can get sentimental this time of year, with the change of seasons, and all our coming and going with different schedules.

This is why lingering around the meal {or table}, and savoring every bite together is so important.

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The notion of lingering goes hand in hand with savoring. We do this often on our back patio. No set table, nothing fancy, pets nearby, bare feet perched on the coffee table, {no cell phones}, engaged in meaningful conversation, often about God, life, this world, goals and dreams. Plans for tomorrow. I try to sneak in the importance of “today.” :)

People in our lives.

At church last week our pastor reminded us that dreams don’t happen without people.

The importance of people in our lives–connecting with others, shared inspiration and wisdom, giving and prayers, encouragement and strength—all shape our dreams. I think of my husband’s life, and how at a young age {his 20’s} he knew the call on his life to mentor young men {high school Varsity soccer coach for 10 years}, later sharing the suffering and abuse he experienced as a kid in his fighting of bullying, the number one form of child abuse in the nation.

It’s a lovely reminder to learn the art of lingering, and in fact, I wrote a post about it, here.

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Smoked Tomato Bacon Soup.

My sister inspired me to use up our garden tomatoes—one more batch of this home-canned salsa, and a double batch of Smoked Tomato Bacon Soup—and this is what we ate while lingering together in the last days of warm sunshine on our back patio.

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Cook up a pot of tomatoes (okay to leave the skins on).

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Blend or puree (remember when pureeing something hot, don’t put the lid on; instead place a papertowel on top), following the recipe.


Back to togetherness.

I’m glad we lingered, because that night was a very special evening for all of us.

Has your family learned the art of lingering?

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Smoked Tomato Bacon Soup

Fresh garden tomato soup with savory bacon and a bite of smoked paprika. Using a Vitamix or heavy blender makes pureeing very easy. Off season use 5-6 cans of diced or stewed tomatoes.


  • 10 slices turkey bacon
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 cups fresh tomatoes, diced {skins on} or 5-6 cans of diced or stewed tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sour cream {optional}


  • In a large, heavy frying pan over medium-high heat, cook the bacon, turning once, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel; allow to cool and crumble the bacon into small pieces.
  • Melt the butter into the bacon grease, and sauté the chopped onion and garlic for about 5 minutes, until slightly browned and softened.
  • Add the diced tomatoes to the onion mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat, allowing the tomato mixture to slightly cool.
  • Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender, about 2 cups at a time. When pureeing in a blender, make sure you place a paper towel over the top, in place of the lid, and proceed in pureeing. This will eliminate any splatters.
  • Return the pureed tomato mixture to the large frying pan; add paprika and salt and pepper to taste. Return the soup to a boil, then turn off the heat.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve the soup in bowls, topped with the crumbled bacon {and sour cream}.
  • Serves 6-8.
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Smoked Tomato Bacon Soup

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