BLT Soup

Soup is far and above my favorite food. I eat it in the heat of the summer. I eat it in the cold of winter. It is my go-to food for a quick meal or for a special occasion. So when I found this soup in Taste of Home’s Family Collection Cookbook, I made it that very night. And my friends, it was very good!!

3 T. butter
2 T. vegetable oil (I used olive)
3 c. cubed French bread
1 lb. bacon, diced
2 c. finely chopped celery
1 medium onion, chopped
2 T. sugar
6 T. all purpose flour
5 c. chicken broth
1 jar (16 oz.) picante sauce
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1/8 t. pepper (I used 1/4 t.)
3 cups lettuce, shredded

In a large saucepan heat butter and oil over medium heat. Toss in bread cubes and stir until crisp and golden brown. Remove and set aside.

In the same pan, cook bacon until crisp. Drain, reserving 1/4 c. drippings; set bacon aside.

Sauté celery and onion in bacon drippings (1/4 c.) until tender and onions are translucent. Add sugar, cook and stir for one minute. Add flour, cook and stir for one minute. Slowly stir in broth, picante sauce, tomato and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Boil and stir for two minutes. Just before serving, add lettuce and heat through. Garnish with the croutons and bacon. Yields 8 servings (2 qts.)

Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about,

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