Tomato-Tarragon Soup with Bacon

This is not your average tomato soup! This version amps up the flavor with bacon, tarragon, shallots, and sherry vinegar. It's great on its own, but we wouldn't blame you if you wanted to serve with grilled cheese too!
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tomato tarragon soup with bacon

Recipe by Selma Brown Morrow 

Start to Finish: 30 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 3 slices bacon

  • 3/4 cup chopped shallots 

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 3 tbsp. EVOO

  • 1 can (28 oz.) plum tomatoes

  • 3/4 cup club soda

  • 1/4 tsp. sherry vinegar

  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh tarragon, plus more for garnish


In pot, cook bacon over medium, stirring often, until crisp, about 6 minutes. Transfer to paper towel. Add shallots, garlic, and 2 tbsp. oil to pot. Cook over low, stirring often, until soft, about 8 minutes. Add tomatoes with juices. Bring to boil. Simmer over medium until reduced slightly, about 10 minutes. Add club soda, vinegar, and 1 tbsp. tarragon. Puree in blender; season. Drizzle with remaining 1 tbsp. oil. Top with crumbled bacon and tarragon.