Turn a BLT into a tasty soup

Turn a BLT into a tasty soup

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BLT Soup

  • 8 slices bacon, crisply-cooked
  • 1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 14 1/2-oz can chicken broth
  • 1 15-oz can white beans, (cannellini or navy)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup leaf lettuce, shredded
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced

Coarsely crumble bacon & set aside.

In 2-quart saucepan, stir together tomatoes, broth, beans and seasoning. Bring to a simmer; stir in vinegar.

In small bowl, toss together lettuce & basil.

Ladle soup into large soup plates or bowls; garnish each serving with crumbled bacon and lettuce & basil.