Broccoli & Bacon Soup

yeah, that green's not the most appetizing colour but it tastes better than it looks. Trust me

yeah, that green’s not the most appetizing colour but it tastes better than it looks. Trust me

I was listening to the Dirty Dancing soundtrack while making this soup (yes, I am that lame) so a lot of butt-wriggling went into the making of this meal.

There’s nothing like dancing round the kitchen while cooking.

Autumn = soup season

make it primal/Whole30 by omitting the cream (or replacing it with coconut milk)

It might frighten and alarm Hubs/the neighbours, but it really whets my appetite (plus it burns calories, so there’s that).

add cheese on top, if you're so inclined

add cheese on top, if you’re so inclined

Of course, I have zero coordination so private kitchen dancing is pretty much the only kind of dancing I do.

That and too-many-glasses-of-wine dancing or I-really-need-to-pee dancing.

Broccoli & Bacon Soup (serves 3-4)

  • 6 Bacon rashers/slices
  • 1 small, white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 head broccoli, broken into florets (slice up the stalks too – you want all the goodness)
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 2 cups chicken (or veg) stock
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 6 oz baby spinach
  • 3/4 cup cup heavy cream (optional)
  1. Line the bottom of a large saucepan with the bacon strips (you might have to cut them in half to get them to fit). Fry over a high heat until brown then remove from the pan (leaving the precious bacon fat) and set aside.
  2. Add the onion, garlic and celery to the bacon fat. Turn the heat down to medium and saute for 5 minutes, scraping the pan to get all the residual brown bits of bacon into the mix.
  3. Stir in the spinach and heat until it wilts.
  4. Add the broccoli and the stock. Turn the heat up and cover. Let the soup simmer for 25 minutes until the broccoli is tender then transfer to a blend and puree until smooth.
  5. Pour back into your saucepan. Cut up the bacon strips into small pieces, add them to the pan. Give it a final stir (and if you’re using cream, now’s the time to add it) then serve.

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