- STEP 1
In a large pan heat the oil and add the chopped bacon and fry until brown. Stir in the butter and lettuce and cook for 2minutes.
- STEP 2
Remove from heat and add stock and tinnned tomatoes.
- STEP 3
Return to boil, season with salt and pepper. Add the fresh tomatoes and simmer for 5minutes, stirring occasionally.
- STEP 4
Blend in a food processor until almost smooth with fine lumps. Return to low heat, add the cream and stir, without allowing it to boil.
- STEP 5
Serve into dishes and add croutons and a sprinkle of grated cheese, if desired.
- STEP 6
Can also be done without the bacon, using vegetable stock for a vegetarian version.