Smoked Tomato Bacon Soup
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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.
Prep Time2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Servings: 6 -8

Ingredients

  • 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}

Instructions

  • 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.