What? Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Soup? I know what you’re thinking…..”Why take all those ingredients that make such an awesome sandwich and put them in a pot of soup?” Well, there’s a perfectly good reason to make Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Soup. I didn’t have enough bread to make sandwiches. Plus it was a rainy, gloomy day and soup sounded just right.
Another reason for this Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Soup was that I was given a lot of lettuce by my neighbor, Jeannie, who has a fantastic garden. She had more lettuce than her family could eat and was so generous to give me a call and ask if I’d like some.
So, what am I to do with all this lettuce? There’s only so many salads you can eat before you want something else. I decided to try soup.
Don’t turn your nose up about cooking lettuce. Yes, we usually eat it fresh in salads and on sandwiches, but where in the “rule book” does it say you can’t cook lettuce? After all, we cook spinach and it’s a leafy green we use in salads and sandwiches.
So, cook up some lettuce. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
And you won’t believe how quick it is to make. This Bacon Lettuce & Tomato Soup took me less than 1/2 hour. Yep, that’s right. It would have been quicker, but that’s how long it took the bacon to cook.
We’ve been cooking our bacon on the grill for a couple years now. We line a pan, top and bottom, with aluminum foil to save on clean up and my stove or oven doesn’t get all splatter with grease. But, anyway you cook it will be fine for this recipe.
If you don’t want to use bacon, try cubing some ham. If you do that, you can probably be ready to eat in 15 minutes, or as long as it would take your water to boil.
Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Soup | Recipe
10 slices of bacon (cooked) + 2 slices raw
1 large bunch of leaf lettuce
5 c. water
1 c. milk
2 T. mayonnaise
salt & pepper (to taste)
2 slices of bread (toasted and cubed)
Chop the 2 slices of raw bacon into 1″ pieces and brown in the bottom of your soup pot.
Once that bacon has browned, if you want, drain off the bacon grease. The browned bits and bacon pieces will add extra flavor to your soup.
Add water and bring to a boil.
While waiting for the water to boil, chop tomatoes. You can add them to the water immediately.
Chop lettuce into 1-2″ pieces.
Break bacon into 1″ pieces.
Once water comes to a boil, turn down to medium-low.
Add 1/3 of the cooked bacon into the pot. Then add milk and mayonnaise. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer on low just to heat up after adding the milk. Do not brink back to a full boil or the milk may separate and look curdled. (Don’t worry if that happens. It won’t hurt you and it’ll still taste good. It just won’t look very pretty.)
About 1-2 minutes before serving, put all of the chopped lettuce into the pot. Stir until it is all wilted. (The longer you cook the lettuce, the darker it will become and the less nutrients it will have. So have your soup bowls ready.)
Serve immediately and top bowls with cubed toast and remaining bacon.
NOTE: This recipe for Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Soup will provide you a way to finish your stale bread or a bunch of lettuce that’s just not quite fresh enough for a salad.
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