Smoky Cream of Tomato Soup

This weekend we ventured into the garden to see what was ripe and ready to harvest.  We were surprised to find huge, red Roma Tomatoes and the prettiest little peppers.  Our herb garden was also busting over the box, so we decided to make Sunday our annual Harvest Dinner by making a big pot of Smoky Cream of Tomato Soup!

Smoky Creamy Tomato Soup

4 slices of bacon chopped
3 cloves of garlic
1 yellow onion
2 Sweet Peppers
5 large carrots chopped
8 to 10 large Roma tomatoes chopped
3 cups chicken broth
1/4 chopped herbs (parsley, thyme, basil)
1 Teas of Smoked Paprika
Grey Salt and Fresh ground Pepper to taste
2-3 Cups Coconut Milk
Cheddar Cheese 
Sourdough Croutons

This is the most simple 20 minute soup you will ever make!  In a pot, brown bacon, rendering the fat.  Add chopped garlic, carrots, peppers and onion.  Sauté until soft.  Add the tomatoes and sauté till soft.  Add chopped herbs.  Heat till wilted.  Add the chicken broth and simmer for ten minutes.  

Add seasonings.  Use an immersion blender or processor to blend the vegetable and broth smooth.  Add coconut milk and blend again to make extra smooth.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Serve warm (feeds 6) and garnish with basil, cheddar cheese and sourdough croutons.

My love affair with a bowl of Smoky Cream of Tomato Soup will last the rest of my life.  It is the truest of all comfort foods.  The homemade sourdough croutons tossed in olive oil, Everything Bagel Seasoning and Parmesan cheese - toasted to crisp, made the one bowl feel like I was dipping a premium grilled cheese with each spoonful.  One bowl comfort food!  If you do not have fresh Roma tomatoes, use canned.  It will be just as yummy.  

So, this years Harvest Dinner was epic, simple and just what we needed on a quiet Sunday night.  I hope you love this recipe and share it with your friends.  Sending love to you this week!  

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