50. I thought it would be weird. But it was good. Garlic-Ginger-Kale-Bacon Soup.

My hopes were not high for this soup. So they were exceeded.

I was not particularly super-duper sober when this soup was created. So this recipe is an approximation.

This soup reflects my attempts to blend the ancient culinary influences of the East with… um… well, bacon. Judge for yourself how much of a success it may have been.

Garlic! Ginger! Kale! Bacon! Soup!
Serves four–at any rate, there was none left at night's end last night.

3 ounces good bacon, diced
1 medium bunch kale, chopped
4 cloves garlic, sliced
One 3" piece ginger, Microplaned–or one 2" piece ginger, minced
6 cups chicken broth
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 eggs, beaten

In a cast iron skillet, cook bacon until crisp; remove and drain on paper towels. Divide reserved fat between skillet and a soup pot.

In soup pot, heat fat over medium heat; add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, one minute. Add chicken broth, half of reserved bacon, salt and pepper flakes. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, back at the skillet, heat remaining fat over medium heat. Add kale and cook, stirring, until leaves are wilted and beginning to crisp around the edges. Remove from heat and reserve.

When broth seems sufficiently well-simmered, add kale to soup; simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Drizzle in eggs, whisking the while.

Top with reserved bacon. Serve forth with relish and profit.

About Molly Newman

Writer, cook and trivia/spelling bee hostess, living it up in North Portland.
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4 Responses to 50. I thought it would be weird. But it was good. Garlic-Ginger-Kale-Bacon Soup.

  1. Rooster X says:

    Does the bacon simmer, or just on top at the end?

  2. Molly says:

    Oh. Heh-heh. I sort of left that out, didn’t I? Blame my impaired sobriety.
    Anyway, I did my typical bacon-in-soup thing, which was half in to simmer, half on top at the end. (Exact proportions vary.)

  3. Rooster X says:

    Was good w/ all on top too.
    May I please place an advanced order for the 365 soups book now.

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