Creamy Bacon Onion Soup
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a soup-a-holic. And definitely not in recovery. I love soups of all kinds! There is just something so comforting about snuggling up with a warm mug of soup. Especially one that is creamy, rich, and full of my favorite things.
Well today I was noodling around the internet checking out recipes and came across this one.
My little brain started working. My tastebuds needed this to be low carbed!!
Every year the Shriners in the area sell 10 pound bags of Vidalia onions. I get one every year. And I just happened to have a pound or so of some really lean and tasty bacon in the fridge, and a variety of cheeses. So the old gears started grinding!
I got out my Papa Smurf and started cooking bacon. Diced some onions, Grated some Swiss Cheese and I was off to the races!!
Here is how I low carbed the recipe:
1 to 1 ½ pounds of bacon
2 cups large diced onion (I like it left big so you get the chew of it)
4 cups of chicken broth (I used a base that I keep on hand, but you can use homemade or canned)
¼ to ½ teaspoon Xanthum Gum or thickener of your choice (Optional)
½ cup Heavy Cream
½ to 1 cup grated cheese of choice (I used swiss but next time I think I’ll use a smoked cheddar)
1 tablespoon of dried parsley, or you could use chives but I didn’t have any.
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
Salt to taste
Start cooking up the bacon till very crispy. Remove to a paper towel to drain excess bacon oil. When the bacon is cooled, crumble it up. Once the bacon is cooked, throw in the onions using the bacon oil in the pan. (my bacon was very lean so there wasn’t but a tablespoon or so in the bottom of the pan. Probably could have used a bit more). Cook the onions about 10 minutes until soft and just starting to take on some color. Add the broth and allow to simmer for 10 or 15 minutes. sprinkle in the thickener, whisking the entire time. (next time I may leave this out and just add a couple tablespoons of cream cheese) Add your spices and parsley and allow to simmer a few more minutes. TASTE BEFORE ADDING SALT! This batch is a bit too salty. Add in the cream and the cheese and allow to heat up. Add a handful of the crumbled up bacon. Serve it up!!! Add some more bacon on top as a garnish and for a bit of crunch texture.
Hope you give it a try!