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This was such a delicious soup! Quickly put together and so, so tasty. We both loved it, and I definitely am going to make it again! Thanks for sharing :)<br/>Made for For your Consideration.
I couldn't believe how quick was this to get on the table and so so tasty. I used vegetable stock and rose wine and threw in a handful of peas at the end. What a wonderful bowl of steaming soup !!!
So you don't want to know how many times I "messed-up" making this soup. It was worth the wait! Flavor-wise this is a FIVE-STAR, no doubt! I was ever-so-slightly interrupted by a large (understatement of the year), hairy spider... so the first batch was made with brandy and black-eyed peas (don't ask). I used my own canned tomatoes (flavored with garlic, thyme and crushed red pepper). I am of the opinion that soup should be a one-pot meal...so I didn't use the 3 different pots suggested by the recipe. All in all-- A success???? It was superb with a ham and soy-grilled cheese sandwich on gluten-free raisin-pecan bread. **winkwink**
First, let me say I used low-sodium beef bouillon for the beef broth, no-salt-added stewed tomatoes plus dried Italian seasoning in place of the Italian style stewed tomatoes and lower-sodium bacon, plus I omitted the celery because I'm not a big fan of cooked celery. So it wasn't exactly the same as the recipe as written. But whatever it was, I really loved the combination. The apple taste really came through and nicely balanced the bacon flavor and--who knew--the apple and bacon blended fine with the tomatoes, plus the wine added some panache. A really, really tasty soup!