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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Rice 'n Bacon Soup

Here is one of the winners of last week's venture into new recipes. (I did have to modify it a bit: Since I had no wild rice, I substituted brown rice.)

And yes, bacon contains nitrites and lots of sodium, but this recipe calls for only 2 strips of it and it adds so much flavor to the soup--which is how I believe meat should generally be used (and Michael Pollan agrees with me). It's not a quick recipe, so plan accordingly--but the finished product is wonderfully delicious.

Rice 'n Bacon Soup
8 servings

1 c. uncooked brown rice
2 c. boiling water
2 strips bacon
1/4 c. chopped onion
3/4 c. sliced celery
1/2 c. sliced carrots
1 c. or so sliced fresh mushrooms (depending on how much you like mushrooms)
1 can (14 or so ounces) chicken broth--low sodium and MSG-free
1-2 recipe's-worth of cream of mushroom substitute
1-2 c. milk
1 tsp. seasoned salt--MSG-free
Pepper to taste

Bring water to boil in large saucepan. Add rice and simmer, covered, until fully cooked (30-40 min). Add extra water, if needed, to prevent burning. Set aside.

In a skillet, fry bacon until crisp. Remove bacon; crumble and set aside. Drain all but 1 Tb. drippings (I didn't end up with more than that). Saute onion, celery, carrots, and mushrooms.

Make cream of mushroom soup substitute (it's yummier than the canned stuff, I promise).

Add sauteed vegetables, cream of mushroom soup, crumbled bacon, broth, milk, seasoned salt, pepper to rice pot. Cover and simmer until everyone is ready to eat (or up to 1 hour--I didn't simmer it near that long).

2 comments:

Mommy Bee said...

a little bacon can go a long way in a soup. If you buy it from a local butcher you can often find it with only nitrates (no nitrites) which is an improvement. Depending which part of the country you're in, you might even be able to find it smoked and nitrate/nitrite free (I have a couple of friends who live in Amish country who are able to find more natural meats, though I don't know specifics).

Katrina said...

Good to know; thanks.

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