Creamy Tomato & Bacon soup in Sourdough Bread Bowls with Mascarpone Cheese


August 23, 2021

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 6 hrs
  • Yields: 6


Soup Ingredients

2 x 800g cans diced tomatoes

2 small onions, diced

2 celery sticks, sliced

1 large carrot, fine diced

1T minced garlic

1 cup liquid vegetable stock

300g diced bacon

½ tsp salt

½ tsp cracked black pepper

Handful fresh basil leaves, sliced

1 tsp dried thyme

2 tsp smoked paprika

2Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

150ml cooking cream

To serve

1 large sourdough roll per person to serve

1 dollop mascarpone cheese per person to serve (this is amazing don't skip this!)

Fresh chives, chopped, to garnish


1Combine all soup ingredients except cream into slow cooker. I used a 6L slow cooker

2Cook on low for 6hrs

3Using a stick blender/immersion blender, blend soup to smooth consistency

4Stir through cream

5Prepare each bread bowl by slicing off a lid and tearing out centre bread – leaving a thick wall of bread remaining inside the crust. Tear up removed bread (and lid if you like or leave that whole) into chunks.

6Place each bread bowl inside a wide soup bowl and arrange bread chunks for dipping around each

7Fill each bread bowl with soup. Garnish with a dollop of mascarpone cheese and chives

8Serve immediately


1I love the pairing of bacon with a creamy tomato soup and this one doesn’t disappoint. With the addition of fresh basil and some vegetables too this is both delicious and nutritious.

2Great for your next dinner party or just an everyday treat for the family to enjoy 😊

3This recipe also features on page 52 of our book SLOW COOKER CENTRAL - READY SET SLOW! Available on the shop page of this website.

Submitted by Paulene Christie


3 Reviews

Melissa Gillespie

May 25, 2022

I’ve made this several times now, with a few adjustments. For the soup, I followed the recipe exactly, except left out the bacon. For the bread bowls, I took out the centre, then covered the inside of the bread bowl in garlic butter and placed it under the grill to toast. It comes out garlicy and toasty and yummy!

Instead of adding the bacon to the soup when it cooks, I fry up some prosciutto crumbles and then add those on top of the mascarpone cream (you’re right…it’s essential and adds such decadence!) at the end just before serving.

Julieann Prosser

September 12, 2021

This is the best soup and if you double it you can use it for pasta sauce for spaghetti, just brown your mince with onions and add the soup and pour over cooked spaghetti, it’s delicious best spaghetti I’ve had


August 29, 2021

Loved it 😍

Heaps of flavour and easy to make. Made a least 6 big helpings.

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