When we first prepared this recipe, we weren't quite sure we'd like this soup served cold, but we figured we could always heat it up if we preferred it that way. However, when the soup was done and we tried it chilled, it was absolutely delicious! A wonderfully creamy and tasty soup, a keeper for my cookbook. It is an adaption of a recipe from Gourmet Magazine (June 1989). The original recipe made a huge batch - this is our scaled-down version with some substitutions. The recipe could easily be made vegetarian simply by omitting the bacon (although you could try veggie bacon) and using vegetable broth. Prep time includes chilling.