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This tomato bacon soup is a simple recipe that you can whip up in less than 30 minutes. It's made with kitchen staple ingredients so you can create a delicious lunch or dinner whenever the tomato soup mood strikes!
You'll want to keep this easy tomato soup recipe on hand
If you think that making tomato soup is difficult, think again! This is the recipe that's been our family's favorite for a few generations. It's almost embarrassingly easy to make but hits the spot when you're craving tomato soup.
This recipe uses canned tomatoes as they're the best year-round option. They're also a pantry staple, so you likely have what it takes to make this soup in your kitchen right now.
Bacon adds wonderful flavor to this tomato soup. And a little celery and onion give it just the right texture – not too chunky, not too smooth.
How to make this simple tomato bacon soup
- Start by cutting the bacon into bite-sized pieces then cook it in a soup pot until it's almost crispy.
- Now add minced onion and celery to the pot and saute them for a few minutes.
- Next, the stewed tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken stock, and seasonings get added to the pot and brought to a simmer.
- Once the tomato soup has simmered for a few minutes, take it off the heat, stir in the cream, and season it with some salt and pepper. So easy!
What are stewed tomatoes?
Stewed tomatoes are found near the other canned tomatoes in your grocery store. They're chopped tomatoes that are cooked with onion, garlic, and seasonings. In a pinch, you can substitute diced tomatoes (or better yet) fire-roasted tomatoes. If you substitute a different type of canned tomato, you may want to add some Italian seasoning to the soup to give it more flavor.
What is Better than Bouillon?
Better than Boullion is a concentrated paste made with chicken or beef and vegetables. Think bone broth in paste form. Unlike regular bouillon which contains mostly salt, Better than Bouillon is very flavorful. You'll normally find it on a shelf near broths in your grocery store and it lasts for a very long time in your fridge.
Can I freeze tomato soup?
Yes! This soup freezes well. Let it cool completely then freeze it in freezer-safe containers for up to three months. We love these reusable Stasher freezer bags!
Can I make this soup vegetarian?
By omitting the bacon and using vegetable stock, you can make this vegetarian. But so much of the flavor in this very simple tomato soup comes from the bacon and bone broth. If you choose to make this meat-free, you'll likely need to add some more seasonings. Italian seasoning would be nice!
What to eat with tomato soup?
We all know that grilled cheese and tomato bacon soup is a classic combo – and there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with sticking to that time-honored tradition. But what about switching it up for a bacon sandwich? We think that's a great idea!
And a happy accident led us to discover that this easy tomato soup goes really well with tater tots. It's true!
- Cut the bacon into 1 ½ inch pieces and cook them in a soup pot over medium heat until they're nearly crispy. If there is more than 2 tablespoons of oil in the pot after cooking the bacon, remove some of it.6 strips bacon
- Raise the heat to medium-high then add the onion and celery to the pot with the bacon and cook until the onion is translucent, about 3 minutes.1 medium onion, 3 stalks celery
- Add the stewed tomatoes, chicken stock, tomato paste, Better than Boullion, and sugar to the pot and bring it to a simmer. Lower the heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes, covering the pot slightly if it splatters.2 28-ounce cans stewed tomatoes, 1 cup chicken stock, 4 tablespoons tomato paste, 1 teaspoon Better than Bullion, 1 teaspoon honey
- Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the cream. Season the soup generously with salt and pepper.1 cup whipping cream
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