Sunday, November 4, 2012

tomato soup with smoked paprika and peppered bacon


Ever since I got over my fear of tomato soup, I've kinda been going crazy.
Still my fav.
But, this one is a close second.
And I've got a few more up my sleeve as well ;)

Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika and Peppered Bacon
Serves 4-6.
From Soup of the Day.
4 slices peppered, super thick cut bacon
1 tablespoon butter
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 28 ounce cans of crushed tomatoes
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon good smoked paprika
Salt and pepper, to taste

In a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven, fry the bacon over medium heat, until crispy.  Transfer to paper towels, let cool, then cut or crumble.
Add the butter to the pot and melt over medium.  Add the onion and garlic and saute until very soft, about 5 minutes.  Add the tomatoes and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
Puree soup carefully in a blender or food processor until desired consistency.  Return to pot and add the cream, paprika, and salt and pepper to taste.  Return to a bare simmer, just to heat through.
Serve with the bacon and more freshly ground black pepper and enjoy!

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