Great on a cold winter night. Garnish with crumbled bacon bits.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a heavy 3-quart saucepan cook bacon over medium heat until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Do not drain fat.

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  • Add butter or margarine and heat until melted. Stir in lettuce and saute 2 minutes. Blend in flour with a wire whisk. Stir over medium heat until well blended and evenly cooked, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Add hot water, chicken soup base, tomatoes, nutmeg, and red pepper. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and gently boil 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Add cream, mixing well. Heat to simmering, stirring frequently. Serve hot, garnished with crumbled bacon bits. ENJOY!

Nutrition Facts

189.6 calories; 4.6 g protein; 10.7 g carbohydrates; 23.5 mg cholesterol; 461.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2005
Great Recipe! But I didn't saute the lettuce instead I just chopped it and used it as a garnish for the soup. That way it stays crispy and fresh. Also I chopped up the bacon and added extra bacon as well. This one is something wonderfully different. A little place here in town serves this once in a while and they say it is their most popular and most requested soups. Read More
(15)
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 5
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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2005
Great Recipe! But I didn't saute the lettuce instead I just chopped it and used it as a garnish for the soup. That way it stays crispy and fresh. Also I chopped up the bacon and added extra bacon as well. This one is something wonderfully different. A little place here in town serves this once in a while and they say it is their most popular and most requested soups. Read More
(15)
Rating: 4 stars
10/16/2003
this is a great soup i use this at my job and i cook for a living but some people like this and some dont try with toast points for a garnish Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2003
Great recipe. Restaurant quality and easy to prepare. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/11/2008
This tasted pretty good and was easy to make. I substituted - 1/4cup butter and 1/4cup milk instead of half-and-half - water in roughly the same amount as grease (in lieu of bacon grease) - 14oz can of chicken broth instead of the chicken soup base and water the recipe calls for. The actual serving size of the recipe is smaller than 8 servings more like 4 servings. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2009
I was VERY skeptical about adding lettuce to a soup but it really does work in this soup. Try it! It was excellent my husband loved it so much he has already asked for it again. The main modifications I made were to use more of what was called for in the recipe (more bacon more tomatoes a bit of extra water). I skipped the margerine just didn't seem necessary with the bacon grease. I also garnished with some tomato flavored croutons. This one is a keeper thank you! Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
01/27/2003
A lot of steps to get this one done but worth the effort on the cold nights. I actually doubled the recipe and added more chicken base and spices. It does have the BLT taste to it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/27/2003
Interesting and different soup. I can see why some may not care for this as much as the lettuce when cooked become "wilted" in both appearance and texture. I used a little more chicken stock added some dry minced onions (when I added the water) and more bacon which I crumbled and mixed INTO the soup when I added the half & half. Needed a little S&P but overall it was a good soup and it was enjoyed. Thanks Lonnie. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2008
I have made this recipe many many times and my family LOVES it!!! It is a little time consuming to make but it is worth the effort! I serve with bacon pieces on top. Thanks so much for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2005
This was a really different recipe... but i love it! I added more bacon a little more cayenne 1 avocado 1 teaspoon caraway seeds ground a dash of garlic powder a few slices of smoked gouda a couple ounces of cream cheese - all the things I like on my sandwich Read More
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