Remember when I thought I didn’t care for soup? Then, remember when I woke up and discovered the glorious world of soup?
What a difference a year makes!
This new world is so much warmer than the old soupless world I was living in.
I like it here. I think I’ll stay.
Here’s a new favorite soup for you. It’s a creamy mushroom soup, kicked up with a punch of bacon flavor. (And bacon makes everything better, right??) Pureeing a bit of the broth and mushrooms helps spread delicious mushroom flavor throughout the soup. It’s seriously yummy. Even my mushroom adverse husband enjoyed this one!!
Creamy Mushroom and Bacon Soup
- 8 slices bacon, chopped
- 2 shallots, finely diced
- 4-5 cups button mushrooms, quartered
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 4 cups chicken broth
- Splash of Marsala wine (optional)
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon salt
In a large saucepan or dutch oven pan, cook the bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the diced shallots to the bacon grease and cook for about 3 minutes, until tender. Add the mushrooms, rosemary and garlic to the pan. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the mushrooms are tender and golden. Return the cooked bacon to the pan.
Sprinkle the flour over the mushrooms and bacon and stir to coat. Cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Pour the chicken broth into the pan. If desired, add a splash of marsala wine. Stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring frequently. It should begin to thicken as it simmers. Simmer for a few minutes, then reduce heat and add the half and half.
Remove about a cup of the soup. (Make sure to get lots of mushrooms in there.) When cool enough to safely handle, blend the cup of soup until smooth. Return the blended mixture to the pan with the rest of the soup.
Season with the salt and pepper.
Serve topped with croutons and/or bacon crumbles.
**For a person who claimed to be indifferent about soups, I’ve got quite a few soup recipes hanging around this site! Keep an eye out this weekend for a round-up of some delicious, warm-you-up soup recipes!!