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Bacon, Parsnip and Rosemary Soup

Minimalist farm-to-table recipes created with local fresh produce paired with homemade infused oils, dressings, marinades, pestos and sauces.  By eating seasonally, we reap the benefits of good health through nutrition from fresh, unprocessed and sustainable produce.

Learn more on eating and cooking locally at Kristin's blog, The Intentional Minimalist

Ingredients

Farm fresh local bacon  

Farm fresh local onion

Celery

Farm fresh local parsnip

Farm fresh local rosemary

Sea salt

White pepper

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Place a large wire cooling rack on a baking sheet. Place eight slices of bacon on wire cooling rack. Place baking sheet in oven for twenty minutes, then remove baking sheet from oven. Remove wire cooling rack from baking sheet to let bacon cool. Drain bacon grease from baking sheet into the base of a large metal soup pot.

Chop one half cup onion and one cup celery. Add onion, celery and one quarter teaspoon sea salt to the large metal soup pot with the bacon grease. Cook the onion and celery for five minutes.

Slice two cups parsnip, add to onion mixture and cook covered for ten minutes.

Add five cups water and one quarter teaspoon sea salt to soup pot. Cover soup pot and bring to boil, then reduce to medium low and cook for ten minutes.

Remove two teaspoons rosemary leaves from stems and mince. Remove soup from heat, add one quarter teaspoon sea salt, one quarter teaspoon white pepper and minced rosemary. Blend soup with a hand blender directly in soup pot.

Crumble cooled bacon strips. Serve soup sprinkled with a little sea salt and one strip crumbled bacon.