Pureed White Bean Soup with Bacon and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Ok, I know it’s not really soup season. But I know you’ll forgive me – this one has bacon, and fresh beautiful baby tomatoes, so sweet they’re like candy. And it’s a really easy-peasy healthy and tasty lunch.

I have had a hard time finding moments (or brain power) to cook, nevermind photograph and write, in the past week. Two words for you: Growth. Spurt.

In other words, baby discovered, “HEY! This hotel has a 24-hour all-you-can-eat buffet. Sa-WEET!”.

And sure enough, little peanut ate and he ate and he ate-ate-ate-ate-ate – and then he incredible-hulked out of his wee jammies. And now he’s not such a “little” peanut anymore.

Rough week for mama, but so worth it. For two more words: Chubby. Thighs.

The market tomatoes right now are insane. So candy-sweet you remember that they are actually fruit, not vegetable. I’ve been noshing them by the double-fistful.

Important tomato-handling tip – do not refrigerate! It dulls their vibrant, herbal flavour.

This is a hearty, simple soup of the major comfort food variety. I love the creaminess against the contrasting chew of the bacon, and bright pops of tomato. Feel free to amp it up by adding a sprig or two of rosemary or thyme to the soup or roasting tomatoes, if you’d like. Or if you’re pressed for time, stir in a few sliced sun-dried tomatoes and forget about roasting.

Uh oh, baby awake – it’s go time! Happy souping. XOX

Pureed White Bean Soup with Bacon and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
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Serves: 6
For Roasted Tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
For White Bean Soup
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 19-oz (540 mL) can white beans (navy or cannellini beans), drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp minced chives, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss cherry tomatoes with oil and spread on a baking sheet. Roast about 30 minutes, until wilted and caramelized.
  2. Meanwhile, cook bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels, then crumble.
  3. Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Stir in white beans and broth; bring to a simmer.
  4. Puree the soup using an immersion blender, or by transferring it in batches to a regular blender. Season well with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve topped with roasted tomatoes, crumbled bacon and minced chives.


  • http://www.brooklynfarmgirl.com/ Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    This is totally my kind of soup.. I can’t wait until the weather cools down a bit to give it a try. :)

  • http://www.wander-crush.com/ Irina @ wandercrush

    Really beautiful…nothing like a rustic tray of roasted tomatoes right out of the oven. I can already see myself craving this in the fast-approaching autumn!

  • Asha Shivakumar

    A perfect soup.. It happens domes days are blah than others. Love your sense of writing with a touch of humor.

  • http://justj.ca/ MizzJ

    Wow this does sound so easy and looks so beautiful in your photos! Definitely pinning this one :)

  • http://bitebymichelle.com/ Michelle Hooton

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  • Amanda Amos

    Wow, it has been too long since I’ve checked in. I’ll be making this soup asap. Keep these gems coming. Ps. more baby pics, please.

  • pink roller

    I love the look of this! I’m definitely going to try this out!

  • adrageli

    First really cold night of the season tonight and I couldn’t wait to try this, especially because my son is struggling with new braces and a palate expander and I’ve been wanting to prepare some manageable but nutritious options for him. It was a wonderful meal. Had some home-made soft cornbread on the side. Family loved it! The roasted cherry tomatoes were a perfect bright accent to the comforting white bean soup, to which I added a hint of sage and thyme. Thank you for this great meal idea and beautiful presentation!

    • foodess

      Thank you, I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed it! :)