Broccoli and Bacon Soup

I have to admit that this soup was strictly inspired by the bowl.  My husband thinks it is an ugly bowl; however, I’m on the side of it is so ugly that it’s cute!  By the way, the soup is amazing ~ no cream needed here.  The parsnip gives it a full-bodied smooth texture.


  • 12 ounces nitrate-free bacon, uncooked and roughly diced
  • 6 ounces nitrate-free bacon, cooked and crumbled (set aside)
  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 large parsnip, peeled and diced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, peeled and quartered
  • 6 cups broth of choice
  • 1.5 pounds fresh broccoli, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (and maybe more to taste)


  1. In a heavy-bottomed pot, cook bacon on medium heat.  While this is cooking, cut the onion and add to pot.  Stir a few times.  Cut parsnip, add to pot and stir.  Do this with the carrot, garlic and celery as well.  Let this mixture cook for about ten minutes.
  2. Add the broth.  Stir.  Add the broccoli, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce and simmer covered for 30 minutes.
  3. Using an immersion blender, blend soup until smooth.  If you do not have an immersion blender, transfer soup in batches to a standing blender and process until smooth.  Taste to see if any additional salt is needed.
  4. Serve in bowls.  Add cooked bacon for garnish.
  5. Enjoy!


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  1. Love The Bowl !

  2. This is one of the best soups I have ever made–I was missing split pea soup, and it was even better! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Yesterday I was craving pea soup, I was hoping this would be a yummy substitute.Turns out it was even better! My fiance and his best friend (both junk food junkies) had huge bowls and had no idea they were eating paleo. Thanks Cavegirl :)

  4. I just made this soup and its great!!! I can't wait to share with others…maybe…maybe not!!!

  5. Less bacon more broccoli otherwise awesome!

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