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A delicious soup that you will crave over and over again. We never have any leftovers!
Add the bacon pieces to a soup pot over medium heat. Cook for a few minutes, and allow the fat to render, but do not crisp.
Add the onions and butter to the pot and sauté 10-20 minutes, stirring often, until the onions just start to brown. Scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pot, stirring well.
Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the flour to the onions. Stir to dissolve.
Stir in the chicken broth, black pepper, paprika, basil, cayenne pepper, bay leaf, fresh thyme, and salt. Stir to combine, and bring to a simmer.
Simmer 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are tender and the mixture thickens a bit.
Remove the bay leaf from the pot, then stir in the cream/milk. Heat through before adding the Parmesan cheese. Stir to melt.
Taste for seasoning, salt if necessary. Serve with thick pieces of bread for dipping.
This is a vibrant soup with bright and fresh flavors. Mint and peas is a classic combination. Accompanied with the natural sweetness of roasted garlic and carrots and a kiss of spices, this elegant dish is a definite winner. Serve with fresh crusty ciabatta or croutons. This recipe serves 4 to 5.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!