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Cauliflower and Bacon Soup

ingredients

3/4 stick + 1 tbsp (3 1/2 oz) 100 g butter
1 onion, skinned and finely chopped
2 carrots, pared and finely diced
2 potatoes, peeled and finely diced
8 oz (225 g) cauliflower, in florets
2 sticks celery, finely diced
4 cups (32 fl oz) 900 ml chicken stock
salt
ground black pepper
4 rashers lean bacon
4 small slices white bread
4 oz (100 g) Gouda cheese

method

1. Melt 50 g (2 oz) butter in a large pan and gently fry all the vegetables tor 5 minutes.

2. Add the stock, bring to the boil and cover, simmer for 20 minutes; season.

3. Melt the remaining 50 g (2 oz) butter.

4. Remove the rind from the bacon, roughly chop it and fry gently for 4-6 minutes. Drain well before adding to the soup.

5. Fry the bread in the pan until crisp and golden. Drain well on kitchen paper.

6. Place the soup in a flameproof tureen or casserole and arrange the bread to float on top.

7. Cover the bread with sliced cheese and grill until the cheese melts and browns slightly.

Serve immediately.

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