Tuscan tomato soup

As part of last weekend’s Keep it Local challenge meal, I used the last of our tomatoes up to make this wonderfully simple but tasty soup. A very rag-tag bunch they were too…

I picked up some local carrots from Rowe Farms to include also.

Local onions from last week’s organic delivery were also needing to be used up:

Sadly, the last of the pancetta was calling out to be fried up for a pretty garnish:


1 chopped onion
1 tbsp
olive oil
about 8 medium sized tomatoes
1 litre chicken broth/stock (I used some stock I made after a previous roast chicken!)
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
pancetta, to garnish


Peel the tomatoes in boiling water:

Fry the onion in the oil until translucent, add the tomatoes, carrots and stock. Season to taste.

(this is a gross picture but is smelled amazing!!!)

Simmer over very low heat for about 45 minutes. Blend in a food processor and return to saucepan. Add tomato paste.

To serve: reheat over low temperature and garnish with fresh basil and fried “lardons” of pancetta. Season to taste.

Bon appétit!

(you could stir in some pesto at the last minute also but I did not have all local pesto ingredients for this particular meal)

23 Responses to Tuscan tomato soup

  1. alison September 29, 2009 at 10:47 #


  2. pegasuslegend September 29, 2009 at 10:50 #

    Wow thats looks great!

  3. Simply Life September 29, 2009 at 11:49 #

    Oh this soup sounds perfect!

  4. Megan September 29, 2009 at 13:56 #

    Looks wonderful!

    I wish I had known about your challenge before you started, as a month of local eating is one of my goals.

  5. eatlivetravelwrite September 29, 2009 at 14:32 #

    Alison – thanks!

    Pegasus legend – thank you

    Simply life – it was pretty scrumptious

    Megan – it was just one meal a week and I think we will continue through the fall and winter…

  6. Natalie September 29, 2009 at 14:34 #

    This soup looks fantastic and healthy! I love to make something similiar to this in the winter and eat a big bowl with a grilled cheese. I love the addition of crispy pancetta.

  7. Divina Pe September 29, 2009 at 15:00 #

    It's a simple yet sublime soup. There' always comfort in a bowl of soup and that includes this one. Thank you. 🙂

  8. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction September 29, 2009 at 16:44 #

    Your soup sunds delicious… Love the pancetta on top!

  9. eatlivetravelwrite September 29, 2009 at 18:02 #

    Natalie – Yes, it was pretty healthy, even the pancetta was only a tiny amount and it was HOME cured after all!!! Yes – grilled cheese would go well with it…

    Divina – Sometimes simple is often the best!

    Jen – anything with bacon is better!

  10. penny aka jeroxie September 29, 2009 at 21:11 #

    Beautiful bowl of soup! It is still cold here and will be great to have some now 🙂

  11. Jessie September 29, 2009 at 22:48 #

    wonderful soup! I'm loving the pancetta topping

  12. eatlivetravelwrite September 29, 2009 at 23:00 #

    Penny – it was pretty AND delicious!

    Jessie – anything with pancetta is so much better!

  13. haya September 29, 2009 at 23:46 #

    this seems to scream fall. i can't wait to get back to having soup on a regular basis.

  14. K a b l o o e y September 29, 2009 at 23:54 #

    Oh my god, does that look delicious. And I'm sitting here starving to boot. (Now I'm going to google that expression because I'm procrastinating a chore I have to do. And I don't mean eating dinner.)
    I'll come back to this recipe if my big tomatoes ever ripen.

  15. eatlivetravelwrite September 30, 2009 at 00:22 #

    Haya – yup, it's most definitely soup weather around here…

    Kablooey – Love the procrastination!!! The tomato ripening was fraught this summer, for sure!

  16. Alicia September 30, 2009 at 01:49 #

    That was definitely some yummy yummy soup!

  17. eatlivetravelwrite September 30, 2009 at 01:55 #

    Thanks Alicia – and look how easy it is!!!!

  18. Conor @ HoldtheBeef September 30, 2009 at 02:26 #

    OK, so the soup looks and sounds pretty damn good, but can I please just have some pancetta garnish with some extra pancetta garnish? 😀

  19. eatlivetravelwrite September 30, 2009 at 03:01 #

    Conor – how about a side of bacon with that????

  20. Short and Bald September 30, 2009 at 05:38 #

    simple and healthy! i'd love to try this with sour cream ^ _ ^

  21. eatlivetravelwrite September 30, 2009 at 10:54 #

    Short – it was pretty creamy as it was actually…

  22. The Duo Dishes September 30, 2009 at 18:11 #

    Nothing gross about those tomatoes getting ready to make one of the best soups out there. So comforting.

  23. eatlivetravelwrite October 1, 2009 at 00:40 #

    Thanks Duo – it was soooo good I wish there was still some left!

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