This is a great way to use the green tomatoes at the end of the season. Freezes really well! I recommend serving it with a nice crusty bread.

Ellie

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
55 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place bacon in a stock pot over medium-low heat; cook and stir until bacon begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir onion and garlic into bacon; cook and stir until onion is tender, about 10 minutes. Add green tomatoes, vegetable broth, celery salt, bay leaf, and black pepper to bacon-onion mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until tomatoes are tender, about 40 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

123 calories; protein 7.1g 14% DV; carbohydrates 12.1g 4% DV; fat 5.7g 9% DV; cholesterol 13.4mg 5% DV; sodium 655mg 26% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2013
Like the first reviewer I too replaced some of the green tomatoes with potatoes and I added a little bit of carrot for color too. I actually enjoyed the tartness the tomatoes brought to the soup but my supply was limited and I'll admit this recipe made me nervous and I didn't want to use my entire stash of tomatoes. That is the only reason I subbed potatoes for some of the tomatoes. I have no regrets there either because they were a nice addition. The one complaint I have about this recipe is using all of the grease the 8 pieces of bacon yields. It gave the soup a rich bacon-y flavor yes but the end result was entirely too oily. I will definitely make this again next season when I can use the full amount of tomatoes but to be honest I will still add some potatoes. It needs the depth in my opinion. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/08/2017
I made it like the original recipe. The soup was way too tart for my (and my family's) taste. It would be better with less green tomatoes and add potatoes carrots peas celery etc.. Also need to remove about 75% of the bacon grease.. I may make it again with those changes. Read More
20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2013
Like the first reviewer I too replaced some of the green tomatoes with potatoes and I added a little bit of carrot for color too. I actually enjoyed the tartness the tomatoes brought to the soup but my supply was limited and I'll admit this recipe made me nervous and I didn't want to use my entire stash of tomatoes. That is the only reason I subbed potatoes for some of the tomatoes. I have no regrets there either because they were a nice addition. The one complaint I have about this recipe is using all of the grease the 8 pieces of bacon yields. It gave the soup a rich bacon-y flavor yes but the end result was entirely too oily. I will definitely make this again next season when I can use the full amount of tomatoes but to be honest I will still add some potatoes. It needs the depth in my opinion. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2013
I've wondered about using green tomatoes in soups before. I was surprised by the good flavor this soup had. With that said I knew 5 cups of green tomatoes would be too many for us. So I cut the amount of them to 2 cups and added 2 cups cubed potatoes instead. May have to add a little extra water to soup (as it cooks) if you use the potatoes. By cutting the amount of green tomatoes made it spot-on for us. I'm thinking about pureeing the cooked green tomatoes before adding any bacon next time. Good recipe if you want to try something interesting for a change and use up some left-over produce. Update: I forgot to mention that I rendered out fat in my bacon and then added to cooking soup I got the flavor but not so much of the fat. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/10/2014
wasn't crazy about the flavor so I added carrots celery roasted jalapeno and 2 cans of baby peas what a difference. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2018
I'd made the Green Tomato Casserole recipe on this site and while it was tasty the texture was way too soupy and the shredded cheese most people recommended adding didn't melt right. (Probably bc of all the acid in the tomatoes.) So I used five heaping cups of THAT for the five cups of green tomatoes called for in this recipe. (The casserole had celery and onions as well -- I used Vidalias rather than green. The casserole has you cover the toms/onions/celery in a whisk of 1/4 c olive oil 2 T brown sugar 5 T soy black pepper red pepper flakes.) I think it was the soy/brown sugar/red pepper flakes -- and how they mixed w/ the liquid in the toms to make a rich sauce/gravy -- that added a richness and depth to the soup that made it so yummy. Like others I added a large potato and that too added some creaminess and depth. I also put some red toms in for added color but the flavor was lovely as well. Finally used an entire pound of bacon but cut out most of the fat before saute-ing. I realize all the above is a pretty radical change but it was so delicious I'm about to make a second batch as we ate the first in just two sittings! (Though I am starting w/ the casserole recipe -- sans cheese -- in order to make that rich gravy as it seems key to the soup! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2017
We added a couple of small potatoes. Fantastic soup - added to my list of regulars. Tastes just like cabbage rolls. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/09/2018
Used 8 cups of sectioned green tomatoes. Added a bag of tiny purple potatoes a large carrot a couple handfulls of lentils 4 smashed garlic cloves a handful of sliced cremini 'shrooms and 4 cups of veggie broth all in crockpot. Sprinkled on bay thyme rosemary salt and pepper. Cooked onion in bacon fat but removed fat and drained off excess grease before adding bacon and onions to crockpot. Cooked on low for 9 hours. Towards the end I mashed most of the potatoes against the side of the crockpot threw in a can of green beans and a can of cream of mushroom soup. Delicious. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/18/2015
I added a left over baked potato and it was delicious! Perfect for end of tomato season and cooler weather. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/12/2019
This is a great recipe to help use up all those green tomatoes that had to come in off the vine. Following other reviewer's suggestions I drained off all but 1 Tablespoon of the bacon grease added diced celery & carrots with the onion to saute changed out 1 cup green tomatoes for a potato and about 10 minutes before serving threw in a cup of peas. It's not a recipe I'd serve to company but one I'll definitely make again when I have excess green tomatoes. We thought it was very good with the changes I made. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2018
I used 32 oz. chicken broth instead of 3 cups vegetable broth and added fresh mushrooms celery (sauteed in the bacon grease) instead of celery salt 3 bay leaves a little oregano and basil and poured in a little half and half at the end. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
11/08/2017
I made it like the original recipe. The soup was way too tart for my (and my family's) taste. It would be better with less green tomatoes and add potatoes carrots peas celery etc.. Also need to remove about 75% of the bacon grease.. I may make it again with those changes. Read More
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