"I don't know where I got this recipe - It might have been Bon Appetit. EVERYTIME I serve it I get RAVE reviews."
thick slab bacon, cut into 3/8-inch dice
leeks, cut into 1/2-inch slices
( white and tender green)
carrot, coarsely chopped
celery rib, coarsely chopped
red pepper, cut into 1/4-inch slices
potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 (14 ounce) cans white kidney beans or 1 (14 ounce) cans
navy beans, drained and rinsed
Place the bacon in a large saucepan and cover with water. Simmer over moderately high heat for 5 minutes. Drain and pat dry the bacon on paper towels. Wipe out saucepan and return the bacon to pan. Fry over medium high heat until golden and crisp about 4 minutes. Drain the bacon on paper towel, discard all the fat from pan and wipe out with paper towels. Reserve bacon on the side.
Add butter to pan and reduce heat to moderate heat. Add vegetables and saute until soft. Add broth and simmer until potatoes are soft and start breaking down. Simmer for 45 minutes and serve with crumbled bacon on top.
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Bacon, Potato, White Bean and Red Pepper Soup (cont.)