Bacon-Lettuce and Tomato Soup
6 slicebacon, cut into 1/4 inch strips
2 mediumcarrots, peeled and chopped
1 largeyellow onion, chopped
1 stalk(s)celery, chopped
1 largeclove garlic, minced
28 ozcan crushed tomatoes
3 cbeef stock
2 Tbspfresh chopped basil ( or 2 teas. dried)
1strip orange peel 1x1/2 inch long
1 tspgranulated sugar
1/4 tspblack pepper
4 cshredded romaine lettuce
How to Make Bacon-Lettuce and Tomato Soup
- Cut and fry bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 5 minutes, drain on paper towels.
To the bacon grease in the pan add the carrots, onion, celery and garlic;sauté over medium heat until tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, stock, basil, orange zest, salt, sugar, and pepper.
- Bring to a boil and then turn down heat, cover skillet and simmer for 30 minutes.Turn off heat and set aside to cool slightly.
- Puree the mixture in small batches in a blender at high speed or in a food processor until smooth about 1 minute.
Return puree to the skillet or large saucepan and cook over moderate heat until heated through about 5 minutes.
- Stir in shredded lettuce and heat until lettuce is wilted about 1 minute or a little more.
Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with reserved bacon , a bit of lettuce and tomato,for garnish. Enjoy!