Bacon Tomato Soup (and Truffle Gruyere Grilled Cheese)

Hello from snowy NYC!

I am officially snowed in! For the last 36 hours, the city was walloped by over 17 inches of snow! And it’s still snowing!

Honestly, for someone who lives to be cozy and snuggled up on the couch watching a movie, I was all for this unexpected halt in time and busyness.

So this was the perfect opportunity to cook some comfort food! And when you think comfort food, there’s nothing more like a hug in a bowl, than tomato soup, and an ooey, gooey grilled cheesy on crusty bread.

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I mean, I dare you to try to think of something more comfort food than that!

But this soup is not just any canned, Campbell’s tomato soup from concentrate. No ma’am.

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It has a secret ingredient…bacon!

Yes, leave it to bacon to provide that perfect sophisticated smokey note.

This recipe is not gluten free, or vegan, or anything other than just straight up comfort food.

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A couple quick notes:

As tomatoes are the star of the show here in this recipe, ingredients matter. SO – splurge a little and get San Marzano WHOLE tomatoes. They come in a can. San Marzano is a type of tomato only grown in Italy, that is known for their tender texture, rich flavor and mild acidity. And don’t be tempted to get the diced or crushed tomatoes. No, no. Get the whole tomatoes. You see, when canning tomatoes, the diced or crushed variety will contain the “leftover” pieces from less desirable tomatoes. Go for the whole tomatoes, and then with clean hands, get in there and crush them yourself. I promise, this makes a difference.

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Next, a note on the grilled cheese. Again, as there are so few ingredients, the quality matters. I went to a bakery and got their homemade sourdough loaf, and it has the perfect crusty/crunchy crust and airy, chewy center.

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And for the cheese, I got a hunk of cheese from the specialty cheese section of Whole Foods. They will often have a “manager’s special” or a “scraps” section where they sell tiny chunks of expensive cheese for a discounted price – either because it’s a small amount, or because it’s nearing the “sell by” date. Either way, this is a great place to get your hands on some high quality cheese without paying a high amount of cheddar. ๐Ÿ˜‰ … (see what I did there? hehe)

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And grate it yourself! Though tempting, the preshredded cheeses don’t melt as well, because they are coated with an anti-caking agent. This prevents it from getting beautifully stringy and melty. Always grate your own! Not only is it more cost effective, but it just has such a better texture and melt factor!

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OK ONTO THE RECIPE!

Here’s What You Need (Serves 4 with leftovers)

Soup:
4 slices of bacon, cut into small pieces
2 medium carrots, chopped
1/2 yellow onion, diced
6 cloves of garlic, minced
1 1/2 Tbsp tomato paste (If you can, use the San Marzano variety!)
1 Tbsp flour
4 cups low sodium chicken broth
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1 large (28 oz) can of whole San Marzano tomatoes
Heavy cream – optional, to drizzle overtop at the end
Sea salt – I used 1 1/2 tsp
Freshly cracked black pepper

Grilled Cheese:
Good quality, crusty sandwich bread
Your favorite cheese — grated off the block! (About 3 oz per sandwich) – I used truffle gruyere, other fabulous options are: sharp cheddar, gouda, brie, or provolone. Just please don’t use Kraft Singles!
Butter

Tools:
Food Processor (or Immersion blender)
Good Chef’s Knife
Large mixing bowl
Can opener
Large stock pot
Nonstick pan, or stainless steel frying pan
Spatula

Directions:
For the Soup:
In a large, soup pot, fry the bacon pieces over medium heat for about 5-6 minutes, until the bacon begins to get brown and crispy. Stir in the carrots, onion and garlic, and saute for 7-10 minutes, until the veggies are tender. Add the tomato paste and stir for 2-3 minutes until it begins to brown and caramelize. Then, stir in the flour, and stir for about one minute.

In a separate, large bowl, pour the canned whole tomatoes and their juice, and with your hands, crush them.

Add the crushed tomatoes, broth, thyme and bay leaf into the soup pot. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Puree in batches in a food processor or blender, or use an immersion blender, and blend until smooth. Return to the pot. Add 1 1/2 tsp salt, several cracks of black pepper, and cream if desired. Serve warm with a drizzle of cream, and a grilled cheese sandwich. Store the leftovers in an airtight tupperware in the fridge for 5-6 days.

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For the Grilled Cheese
Slice your bread into 1 inch slices. (Texas toast style!)
Grate your cheese of choice, and set aside.
Heat a nonstick frying pan or a stainless steel pan on the stove over medium-high heat.

Butter one side of each slice of bread.

Place 1 Tbsp butter into the pan, and let it melt. Place one slice of bread, butter-side-down on the pan. Carefully mound the shredded cheese on the bread. Then, place the other slice of bread, butter-side-up on top of the cheese. (The buttered sides of the bread should be on the outside).

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Cook for about 3 minutes per side, until it is golden brown and beautifully toasted. Cut in half, and serve hot with a bowl of tomato soup!

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OK WOW!!!! This dinner was a 10/10!

I made this for my special gentleman, and he literally had two sandwiches and two bowls of soup! It was THAT good!

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Smokey, slightly sweet, and perfectly tomatoey! I’m serious – the San Marzano tomatoes make a difference! The texture was velvety and smooth, and the hint of bacon really shines through!

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But the sandwich really brings it over the top! Crusty, gooey cheese, perfectly buttery and rich. And I’m telling you – the “shredded-by-hand” method is what makes the sandwich superb. Because when you use pre-shredded or sliced cheese, the outside will toast before the cheese is able to melt. So you’ll either have burned toast and melted cheese, or a golden brown toast with unmelted cheese. By shredding it yourself, they cook at the same time, making the ultimate grilled cheese!

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Whatever you do, make this meal! Whether you’re snowed in, or just want to have some comfort food, this will hit the spot!

OH! And the best part…is that the leftovers are amazing! Just reheat on the stove, or in the microwave, and add another drizzle of cream! My man brought it to work with him all week! ๐Ÿ™‚

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So there you go! If you’re caught in the snowstorm too, stay safe and warm! And perhaps have a bowl of this amazing goodness!

Until tomorrow!

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74 thoughts on “Bacon Tomato Soup (and Truffle Gruyere Grilled Cheese)

      1. Haha I am right there with ya Steve! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox

  1. Oh. my. Gosh! I will be right over, Caralyn! Kidding of course, but wow, this meal looks and sounds fantastic. I’m glad your all cozy in that storm, it’s been a tough one for millions. You look so lovely in the photo with pan and spatula in hand. Be safe! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    1. Haha Iโ€™ll set a place for ya John! Thank you so much! I know this has been a major storm! Lots of power outages in nyc! Hugs and love xox

  2. It’s in the mid-80s in Phoenix and we’ve been enjoying grilled cheese recently, as well. It really is the best comfort food. Next time, try it with kimchi and gochujang paste… it adds a delicious umami-filled twist to a classic. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Oh my goodness! What a difference on weather! I agree – ultimate comfort food! Thanks for stopping by! Hj

    1. Aw thank you Ian, I appreciate that! Hope youโ€™re having a great night! Hugs and love xox

    1. thank you so much! oh my gosh – it was comfort food if i’ve ever seen it! Hugs and love xox

  3. Every time I drop in here young lady I have this urge to eat…a lot. I can actually smell everything ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿคฃ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ ๐Ÿฆ‹

      1. Did you get my email about a certainabout me watching one of your video’s of a girl with a you tube channel that has anorexia

      2. I didn’t!! i will check my inbox tonight. been super slammed! Hugs and love xox

  4. Wonderful comfort food! Delicious! Iโ€™m making chili today~I needed a bowl of warmth. Iโ€™ll have to try your tomato soup โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป xoxo

    1. Thank you KL! Oh my gosh I LOVE chili too – awesome comfort food! Glad you stopped by! Hugs and love xox

  5. Two words: YUM-MEE!!!!๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿคค๐Ÿคค Alright so not necessarily two separate words, but that looks so good that I’m not concerned about semantics (…for once… ๐Ÿคฃ). By the way – love the pun!

    1. Hahah thank you Vera!! Ahahah I think it looks great as two words too ๐Ÿ™‚ hehe Hugs and love xox

    1. Hahah youโ€™re too funny! Iโ€™ll check the flight deals this afternoon! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ thanks for stopping by!

  6. OMG Caralyn, this looks and sounds amazing! My sweetie loves tomato soup and grilled cheese. I will have to make this for us! There’s a great bakery near ours that does a fantastically chewy and crusty sourdough. Mmmmm. Love the idea of getting in there crushing the tomatoes by hand… just maybe not whilst wearing white! ๐Ÿ˜‚ And yeah… Kraft Singles aren’t real cheese! ๐Ÿ˜œ

    1. Thank you Steve! Oh this was such a treat! Oh yes try it with that bakeryโ€™s bread!!! Hugs and love xox

      1. Hiya, Caralyn… just to report back, I found the tomatoes you raved about in your post, and my dear sweety beat me to it in making your recipe. It was delicious! I like soup with chunks, so we first tried it without emulsifying and it was very good, but it was even better when we ate it last night after blending it… that really helped mix the smoky bacon flavour throughout. A hit… we’ll definitely be making this again!

      2. Oh really?! Thatโ€™s great!!! Iโ€™m SO glad you both enjoyed it!! Yes – that really brings the bacon to every bite ๐Ÿ™‚ hehe awesome!! Thanks for sharing your success! Have an awesome Thursday!! Hugs and love xox

  7. I love how you were all in on this recipe with the best ingredients for your man! Thatโ€™s so sweet and Iโ€™m sure he absolutely loves it.

    Stay warm and enjoy the cozy snowy days!

    1. Thank you friend! Oh it did! Sharing it with my special gentleman helped too! hehe Hugs and love xox

    1. thank you so much Victoria! ๐Ÿ™‚ OH MY GOSH! YAY!!!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! The San Marzanos really do make a huge difference…texture, flavor, sweetness….thanks for sharing your success! have a wonderful day! Hugs and love xox

  8. I read this when it was posted and have been low-key obsessing about tomato soup ever since. Yesterday a friend surprised me with her excess soup from the night before. Full and fulfilled!

    1. Hahaha oh my gosh you’re too funny Galby! Thank you! oh good, I’m glad you got some! stroke of luck! Hugs and love xox

    1. Hahaha youโ€™re welcome!! Definitely worth the effort! Itโ€™s a real treat! Thanks for stopping by Lindsey! Hugs and love xox

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