Brothy Tomato Soup

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
In this recipe, you use bacon renderings as the base of the soup. This adds a nice smokey flavor that pairs nicely with the pungent, spicy flavors from the kimchi and gochujang. Finish the soup with some of the crumbled bacon or pair it with a grilled cheese sandwich for a nice twist on the classic soup and sandwich combo.



  1. Cook the bacon in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove to paper towels and reserve for the grilled cheese. Pour off all but 3 tablespoons of the drippings from the pot.
  2. Add the kimchi and onion to the pot. Cook, stirring and scraping up any browned bits, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add the gochujang and brown sugar and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are coated and the bottom of the pot is starting to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the soup is slightly reduced and thickened, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove 1 1/2 cups soup from the pot and transfer to a blender; puree until smooth. Return to the pot and stir to combine. Add more gochujang if desired, 1/2 teaspoon at a time.
  3. Divide the soup among bowls. Top with sliced scallions.