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Stirring it up with Stacey; Tomato Soup with Bacon

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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3-4 slices bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 Spanish onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 3 parsley sprigs
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup heavy cream or low fat milk
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions

  • Heat the butter in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook, stirring, until crisp and most of the fat has rendered, about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside. Lower the heat to medium, add the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 8 minutes.
  • Stir in the flour and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Pour in the broth and add tomatoes. Bring to a boil Add herbs to the pot. Lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Crumble bacon and add back into soup. Remove from the heat and let cool.

  • Remove and discard the herbs. Working in batches, transfer the mixture to a blender and puree until smooth. Return the puree to the pot and reheat over medium heat.

  • Whisk in the heavy cream, salt, and pepper, to taste. Divide among warm soup bowls and serve immediately.

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