Creamy Tomato and Guanciale Soup

Tomato & Guanciale Soup
(Guanciale is cured pig jowl, and I always try to have some on hand, but just in case you don’t you can use bacon and no one will be the wiser.)

1 can of strained tomatoes
2 stalks of celery, 1 carrot, 1 onion, 1 clove of garlic
2 slices of bacon or a few shaves of guanciale
3 T half & half
smoked paprika
salt, pepperTomato Soup

Roughly chop your soffrito (celery, carrot, onion, garlic) and add to the soup pot, add the guanciale or bacon and gently simmer. Add a bit of salt, and a few twists of fresh pepper. If the pork is lean, add a bit of olive oil. Once all the vegetables are comfortable, add the can of strained tomatoes and about ½ can of water. Pour water into the tomato can, stir, and get out all the remaining tomato bits and pour into the pot.  Cover and cook on low heat for about two hours.
Remove the soup from heat and puree until smooth. Add the half and half and puree until its smoother. Adjust the salt and pepper level. Serve with a few more drips of half  & half and a sprinkle of smoked paprika.

Really, its that easy.


  1. Dana McCauley on January 15, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Hey Judith,

    Do you cure the jowl yourself or do you buy it at an Italian Deli? I’m not familiar with guanicale but I’ll look for it here in Toronto – we have some great Italian grocers.

  2. JudithKlinger on January 15, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    ssssshhhhh… I bring it back with me….. but I have friends here who cure their own.

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