• 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.

Serves 4.

No-one said that the tomato in a BLT had to be sliced. This fresh soup is quickly made and goes well with grilled cheese sandwiches.

Calories: 240 calories

Protein: 12 grams

Fat: 9 grams

Sodium: 1370 milligrams

Cholesterol: 15 milligrams

Carbohydrates: 29 grams