Happy New Year! Hope everyone had their black-eyed peas for good luck on the 1st. It’s hard to believe that it’s already 2012. I’m sure I’ll be writing 2011 on my checks right up until the point when it’s time for the new year to roll around again. :)
Today I thought I’d share a tasty soup recipe. Is it cold where you are? Although it was super-warm last week (in the 60s and 70s!), Jack Frost has finally made an appearance in the Southern US. This means that I’m ready to bring out my soup pot and warm up a little from the inside, out!
This recipe also has bacon in it…because I couldn’t pass up the chance to post another bacon-related recipe. :)
Bacon and Spinach Soup
5 slices of bacon
3 T butter
1/2 cup minced onion
1 cup sliced mushrooms
11/2 packed cups of minced spinach
1/4 cup flour
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups half and half
1 cup whipping cream
Dash of Tabasco
Pinch of nutmeg
Salt to taste
Fry bacon in a large stock pot, removing when crisp (keeping the bacon grease in the pot). Mince the bacon when cooled. Add butter to the bacon grease in the pot, then add the chopped onion and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook for 4 more minutes, while stirring. Stir in the flour and cook for 4 minutes, while stirring.
Slowly add in the broth, then the half and half and whipping cream. Stir continuously until the soup simmers. Add the spinach and seasonings, then remove from the heat.
What I really wanted for Christmas (and was very disappointed that I didn’t find in my stocking) was more hours in my day. I’m sorry to say that this is my last regular post for Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen. Between writing and a very busy family life, I’m slap out of hours.
The support of all the ladies here at the kitchen and all your comments have meant a lot to me and I’ll miss seeing you every Wednesday! It’s really been a delight.
Although I won’t be posting every week, it won’t be goodbye. I’ll be back to visit Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen. And I’ll be looking forward to more great recipes from the mystery loving cooks here—now with Roberta and Peg!
Happy 2012 everyone!