We may think that the time for soups is coming to a close for the year, but the thing about soups – the secret fact that no one seems to realize – is that they are awesome and should be eaten pretty much every week.
And it should also be pointed out that we haven’t had a very good spring and winter in some parts of the country. It never feels like it is getting warmer. So why not eat some bacony soup? Mama, tells you to!
Below, I’ve collected my favourite bacon soups from across the web, and I’m delivering them safe to the comfort of your computer screen.
Top 7 Best Bacon Soups
The weather hasn’t been that great. Just the other day, my umbrella blew inside out in the middle of a gusty rain storm. I hate when that happens. That’s why we should probably curl up with some heartening-type dealios like this one: bacon and bean soup. I can almost feel a snugly sweater being wrapped around me as I think about eating this baby.
Sometimes, I just have to say, Wha? Cause, like, dudes – this is bacon soup with beer. I kinda feel like this is one of those cases where we trick everyone into letting us eat something wholly redonkulously amazing simply because it is poured into a classy bowl and served as an “appetizer.” Guys! It’s basically beer and cheese and bacon whizzed in a blender. We really can’t be fooling anyone by calling it soup, can we?
Thick and Creamy Potato Bacon Soup
You know how I say that cheese and bacon belong together, or that bacon and chocolate are a perfect match, or that bacon and avocados are really, like, the best thing ever? Well, scratch all of that. Bacon and potatoes were always meant to be joined together in the bonds of creamy soup.
A lot of the soups I’ve highlighted today are pretty heavy. You won’t mistake this one for water anytime soon, but its use of pumpkins gives it a bit of a less gooey consistency. Also, pumpkins – with bacon. I can’t wait for Halloween to come around, so that I can make some bacon soup from my leftover Jack-O-Lanterns.
Continuing to lighten our soups a bit, this one is even more brothy, and less creamy. And it has the ever-wise addition of kale. I may not look it, but I am one of the world’s foremost authorities on kale. My first rule of kale: never eat it without including some bacon for seasoning. This is the secret of kale, and why it is not more popular. I plan to write a book about this very problem.
As the author of this recipe notes, “a very good place for bacon, possibly even the best, is in soup.” Very true! Have you ever noticed how bacon, added before you cook all of the vegetables, seems to take the soup to another level of deliciousness? It’s probably because the bacon has always meant to be there. In fact, even if you are soup isn’t about bacon, I recommend sneaking it in somehow, just for that “secret weapon” effect. Trust me, you’ll be thankful I told you this.
It wouldn’t be a round-up of the Internet’s best bacon soup recipes if I didn’t include one of Rob’s. Like everything tasty and amazing, this recipe includes cheese. It also includes burger. This, I believe, is how you make gold out of silver and bronze and a whole slew of other metals that are kind of as good as gold, but not really.
Even More Great Bacon Soup Recipes
Cabbage is not the most loved vegetable. I don’t think anyone’s gone out of their way to hug a cabbage. But this recipe might just get you there: Cabbage Bacon Soup. With frost nipping at our heels, it only makes sense that you’d want to eat something as tummy-filling as cabbage bacon soup. And for those recession-prone times, cabbage is a perfect choice: each serving of this soup will likely cost just over a dollar. That’s some bacony value for your money!
We’ll keep the economy soup flowing with this entry: Cauliflower Bacon Soup. A whole head of cauliflower will only set you back a buck or two, and with a head of cauliflower, you pretty much have half of this soup! (The other half is bacon.) I’m also a big fan of cauliflower, and think it is wildly underrated. Trust me – this soup will make you a cauli-convert as well.
This is the time of pumpkins, so it does seem to make sense to turn them into delicious soup. This recipe just crumbles the bacon on-top, but you can also try out this one, which incorporates it into the main part of the soup. Either way, I think this is a great way to celebrate the time of Halloween and falling leaves by baconing-up some pumpkins.
Sweet Potato, Celeriac and Bacon Soup
It’s freezing out there! After so many months of not even really considering what the weather was like outside before I left my house, I’m finding it hard to remember to put on my sweater, jacket and – much as I hate to admit it – toque. But my secret weapon to staying warm is to fill up on soups like this one – a heating mixture of sweet potato and celeriac, giving it a sweet and fresh flavour that won’t weigh you down as it wards off the cold. And it comes with bacon? I believe this is what we are supposed to call bliss.
Hearty Lentil Soup with Smoky Bacon and Sweet Onions
Lentils are one of those things I always forget about: they make any food they touch taste hearty and filling, and they add a lot of nutrients. They also go great with savoury foods like bacon and onions. This recipe will probably not just fill you up on those winter nights, it will probably put you into a sweet food coma that you’ll probably have difficulty getting out of when you wake the next morning. Thus, I recommend eating it only the weekends, and only when you are not going to operate heavy machinery afterward.