Soup for the Soul

Funny is always good. Don’t know what to cook tonight? One of my favorite hobbies is cooking. It is fun and I can express myself through it. The journey is a pleasure from beginning to end. I love the trip to the market to touch and smell all the fresh ingredients and then mix them in colors, textures, and flavors. Delicious! During the Winter time and its cold temperatures often we like to prepare something warm and tasty to calm down the chills and heat the spirit. So I decided to share my Bacon and Egg Soup with you.

Bacon, although widely mistreated, is rich in vitamins B1 and B12 to fight anemia. It also contains zinc and selenium to boost vitality. Add some bread, a universal sign for peace. Sprinkle with ancient and nutritional olive oil, my all time favorite for anything from cooking to beauty treatments. Mash some garlic to improve your heart, circulation, and immune system. Break some eggs to get your essential protein and minerals and give some love to your eyes and your memory. Sprinkle some parsley to make sure that your breath will be totally fresh.

½ pound of bacon, cut into cubes
3 slices of Italian bread, cut into cubes
1 tablespoon olive oil
Kosher or Sea Salt and fresh ground pepper
1 garlic clove, smashed
2 cups of organic chicken broth
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
2 large eggs

While you cook the bacon, pre-heat the oven to 375. When the bacon is crisp, dry slightly with a paper towel. Make sure you safe some drippings to cook the garlic. Toss the bread with the olive oil on a baking sheet seasoning with salt and pepper, and bake until golden. Add the garlic to the bacon drippings and cook until slightly. Add the broth, 1 cup of water, some parmesan cheese, and the parsley, and season with salt and pepper. Cover and boil then reduce to simmer and cook for 10 minutes.

Now comes the fun part. Crack the eggs, one at a time and slip into the broth. Poach for about 2 minutes and then transfer the eggs to individual bowls. Stir the remaining parsley and parmesan into the broth and pour into the bowls topping with the bread croutons, bacon and the remaining parmesan. Voila! Now sit comfortably, relax, and enjoy the warming feeling.

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