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Serves 6 |
So creamy and rich, it's the perfect appetizer.
|4 tablespoons unsalted butter|
|1 tablespoon bacon, minced|
|1 Spanish onion, chopped|
|1 carrot, chopped|
|1 stalk celery, chopped|
|4 cloves garlic, minced|
|5 tablespoons flour|
|5 cups chicken broth|
|28 oz whole tomatoes, peeled and chopped, with liquid|
|3 parsley sprigs|
|3 fresh thyme sprigs|
|1 bay leaf|
|1 cup heavy cream|
|1 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt|
|Ground black pepper, to taste|
- 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 and fragrant, about 8 minutes.
- Stir in the flour and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Pour in the broth and tomatoes and bring to a boil while whisking constantly. Tie the parsley sprigs, thyme, and bay leaf together with a piece of kitchen twine and add to the pot. Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
- When the soup base is cool, remove and discard the herb bundle. Working in batches, transfer the mixture to a blender and puree until smooth. Using a sieve over a large bowl, strain the tomato puree. Return the puree to the pot and reheat over medium heat.
- Whisk the heavy cream and salt into the soup and season with pepper to taste. Divide among warm soup bowls and serve immediately.
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