We first tasted this amazing soup at Katherine Webster’s Toronto home. The recipe is from her father-in-law, Bill Webster, who makes the soup for parties.
This recipe also tastes great with sauteed mushrooms. Finely chop 1/2 pound (250 g) button mushrooms, then add to pan along with onion. Continue with recipe as written above.
Use double-smoked bacon for extra smoky aroma. Boost the flavour with a sprinkle of fresh chopped basil, coriander or dill. Top soup with garlicky croutons or toasted baguette slices sprinkled with Parmesan cheese or spread with garlic butter and sprinkle with parsley.