Tomato and Bacon Soup (pressure cooker)
Whole30 and Paleo friendly
My first pressure cooker/instant pot recipe! I am by now means an expert but there are lots of blog posts out there with tips. I wouldn’t normally post a recipe using such new (to me) equipment, but this recipe for a Whole 30 and paleo-friendly tomato bacon soup SO GOOD that I had to share.
The smokey flavor is really strong in this soup, it makes a non-dairy tomato soup taste so full and rich. It’s great. A little cup of leftover soup would go great with eggs in the morning, too.
- 1 slice thick cut bacon (or some prosciutto or pancetta), chopped
- 20 ounce can of whole tomatoes (no sugar added)
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 medium carrot, chopped in to 4 pieces or so
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled (whole or chopped)
- 4 cups water or chicken stock
- 3 fresh basil leaves (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
- smoked salt, to taste (about a teaspoon during cooking, more to finish) or sea salt
- pressure cooker (I used an instant pot, adjust cooking times for stovetop)
- immersion blender or blender
- Add the chopped bacon to a small pan and turn the heat to low/medium low (you can use the saute function on an instant pot, but I wanted to keep the heat real low and not brown the onions). You want to begin to melt the fat of the bacon without it getting crispy.
- When there is a nice coating of bacon fat on the bottom of the pan, add the onions. Cook until onions are translucent, trying not to brown them too much. About 10 min. Stir occasionally.
- Add the onion bacon mixture and the remaining ingredients to the pressure cooker.
- Cook using the soup function and either vent naturally or manually. (Please follow all pre-cooking safety checks per your user manual as well as proper venting procedure.)
- When soup is finished, blend with an immersion blender (or a regular blender, just don’t fill it too full!) to a mostly smooth texture.
- Garnish and serve!
Garnish ideas: chopped fresh basil, sliced green onions, coconut cream swirl, roasted pumpkin seeds (Or if you eat dairy try a little grated cheese or sour cream)
Note: I bet this could be made just as deliciously on the stove top or with a slow cooker, just cook it long and low and really allow the smokey bacon flavor to permeate the soup.