Creamy Tomato Soup (with bacon if you like) ...

I'm such a fan of soup any time of year, but especially when frigid temperatures set in. It's warming, comforting and easy on the budget too.

I stumbled upon this Martha Stewart recipe on Joy the Baker's blog a little while back and knew it would be one we would enjoy. Simple to put together and delicious.

I've made it a few times; it's a very flavorful recipe as posted, but if you follow me you know I love to 'fiddle' with recipes.... :)

This time I sauteed a couple of strips/rashers of dry-cured applewood smoked bacon, (reserved for garnish) then drained all but 1 tablespoon of bacon fat from the pan and proceeded with the recipe. The crisp, crumbled bacon adds a subtle layer of flavor which I love.

It is not basil season here, but rosemary is available from the herb garden year round. So a small fresh sprig, sauteed with the onions flavors the soup beautifully.

Afterwards I remove the sprig before proceeding with the recipe, I add (very) finely minced fresh rosemary needles for the finishing garnish, along with the crumbled bacon.

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I've received several emails about the little "soup tureens", they are actually sugar bowls from an old Johnson Brother's pattern.
Once retired, they are once again available.

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  1. Wow I am in love with your pretty china! So beautiful! Tomato soup sounds delicious!

  2. The soup looks wonderful, but your presentation takes it over the top. It looks like it was styled for a food magazine.

  3. Presentation is everything. It does justice to the food, doesn't it? But you have taken food presentation to a new level - an art! Brava, Mari!

  4. So pretty! I have a few pieces of that china, but mine is really old and crazed.

  5. Every single time i get the opportunity to stop by your blog I am impressed more and more.

    You have inspired me :)

    YUMMMM is all i can say.

    If you get a moment I would love you to stop by-- say hi and maybe join us next week at Fridays- Finding Beauty!

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

  6. Elegance abounds. Beautiful china, and a delicious soup!

  7. Mary, your soup does look delicious and I know that Moe would be very happy with a bowl of your homemade tomato soup. But what I really love are your beautiful china soup terrines. So pretty.

  8. Mary I will love this soup:) I think the bacon addition is great!

  9. What a beautiful soup and so perfect for this wintery, blustery weather we're having.

    Your lidded soup bowls are so very pretty. They remind me of a pattern my grandmother had years ago. A lovely post, Mari.

  10. I love soup! It's about the only thing I look forward to about winter!

  11. Mari, your soup sounds amazing and your presentation is spectacular! Thanks...

  12. Your soup tourines are gorgeous! What a wonderful way to enjoy a warm meal.
    Pink Blessings!

  13. Oh, Mari - the recipe sounds delicious (I have a TON of rosemary!!), and I'm so in love with your mini soup tureens! Absolutely gorgeous post!

  14. Tomato soup is a fave here too Mari, your recipe both looks and sounds delicious esp with the rosemary and bacon. Your lidded tureens are stunning. Kathy.

  15. Thank you so much for your comments everyone!
    The little tureens are actually ironstone sugar bowls. I'm sorry the name of the pattern escapes me at the moment, the only marking is "Made in England".

    Hope you each have a wonderful weekend, friends!

  16. We almost broke the record low last night - it is sooo cold for Texas! This soup would be a really good idea...

  17. Ok...the soup looks gorgeous...
    but I am so coveting those beautiful covered soup tureens...
    I thin I may have a dish or two in that pattern...I must go and look...
    Lovely...simply perfect!

  18. That soup is so gorgeous!!! nothing like lace and silver to make tomatoes look like a precious commodity!

  19. This sounds perfect for a cold day! ALthough, there's nothing optional about bacon in my book. And bacon with tomato soup--sign me up!

  20. A soup that thrills the eye as it warms and soothes the tummy. I love tomatoes and bacon--and your china is so delicate and pretty.

  21. I love tomato soup!
    Those bowls are just so pretty!

  22. I do not know if I could eat the soup, I would just keep looking at the gorgeous bowl!

  23. Tomato soup sounds delicious, especially garnished with bacon... but more than anything I can't stop looking at these gorgeous pictures and those lovely soup tourines. I want to be at that table!


  25. Talk about the eye feast! Beautiful china, excellent photography, and great presentation. The soup is in a class of its own.
    Have a not-so-snowy weekend!

  26. I'm going to try this! It looks so good and its so cold outside here!

  27. Presentation is everything, and yours is so wonderful. Thanks.

  28. I'm a day late and a dollar short with my Pink Saturday visits. The sun was shining too bright yesterday and just like a little kid I couldn't stop marveling at how lovely it was as it beamed through my lace curtains and puddled on the floor. My cats were in heaven.

    So, here I am today, a little late but thinking that I got a bonus because I avoided all the traffic!

    Lovely blog and the sweetest pinks that you shared. Thank you so much for making this such a lovely Sunday for me.

  29. I eat soup all year long, but in the winter...I could make a pot daily. I love the bacon idea. I've never thought of adding rosemary, only basil. That would change things a bit I'm sure!

    I love the china.


  30. I wonder if my poor frozen rosemary could be salvaged for use in this recipe. LOL I'd have to shovel a path to the pot on the deck, though.
    Tomato soup is one of my hubby's most favorite. He's still not feeling too well, so I can't wait to make this for him, Mari. You make everything so delicious looking. How very creative to use those pretty sugar bowls for serving! I must keep an eye out for such items.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas & your *tweeks* to ordinary recipes.


    BTW, I have corrected my blog roll on my site to include your site. I was going through google reader to read your posts & didn't realize it wasn't on my sidebar. Now I will to back to your site & see if I can find your button to display. :D

  31. Tomato soup with grilled cheese has always been comfort food in my house...and with rosemary and bacon...doesn't get much better!

    Thanks Mari.....Diane

  32. Hi Mari,

    First, this is all beautiful. Second, I was wondering if you would allow me to visit you for a day and have you show me some of how you do all this! I know you're on my side of the States, and am hoping you would like a visitor sometime. :)

    I keep thinking you must have a giant prop room!

    I have a lot to learn on the prop design side of things. I need teachers.


  33. Such beautiful clicks! Love the bacon!

  34. Oh this sounds divine! I love the china you set it in!

  35. Creamy tomato soup with bacon definitely! :-) It is very perfect during this cold days. And the way you set the table and used the prettiest china makes it even more special :-)


  36. This soup sounds wonderful! Beautiful presentation! I just saw your olive penguins. I made some goat cheese ones a while back! Yours look great!

    Lovely blog!

  37. This cream seems very tasty:) Thanks for this great recipe! xxx

    ps: My English is not very good ...


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