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Avocado Soup with Bacon and Chile Croutons

This Avocado Soup with Bacon and Chile Croutons is fresh and creamy, with coconut milk, lime, and cilantro.

Bowl on table with creamy avocado soup topped with bacon and chile rubbed croutons.

Soup is a go-to meal here at home during COVID. It is an easy lunch or quick dinner. This week, I had a few avocados sitting on my counter and remembered my friend Louise, who made an amazing Avocado Soup with Bacon and Chile Croutons for a cooking class back in the day. I decided to try and find the recipe.

Louise lost a long, cruel battle with Breast Cancer a few years ago. She was so young, and the disease so brutal. We met a few years before she got sick at a Food Bloggers meeting. We immediately connected on food and our shared faith. She was a big dreamer and super talented. Louise encouraged others to follow their heart and modeled it herself, as she chased her dreams.

I had the opportunity to work with her on a few amazing shoots including a two-week big photoshoot for Evite, where we got to style and create amazing kid’s parties. We would meet up at 4:30 am to hit the road to Malibu. Those were fun days filled with great conversation. The kind of days you treasure.

Louise could cook. She made amazing food and photographed it beautifully. Sadly, I found that her site is now down but thankfully, I had a copy of her Avocado Soup from a cooking class I taught. Serve the soup cold or warm, topped with crispy bacon lardons and chile-rubbed croutons. Finish with a swirl of sweet Thai sauce for a little kick.

About this Avocado Soup

Confession time I don’t really like avocados. I know, how is that possible? However, I recognize how good they are for you so I am trying to find ways to incorporate them into my meals.

The soup is creamy, fresh, and filling. The bacon and croutons kick up the flavor and texture. If you are looking for a healthier alternative top with yogurt and a handful of toasted nuts like pepitas.

Benefits of Avocados

Avocados are chocked full of nutrients, making them an important piece to your meal plans. They serve up potassium, fiber, and heart-healthy fat. They can lower cholesterol and triglycerides. Avocados are loaded with anti-oxidants. So add them to salads to help you absorb the other nutrients in the food you eat.

Ingredients for Avocado Soup

  • Avocados, ripe
  • Coconut milk, I used light
  • Cilantro
  • Red onion
  • Garlic

Equipment Needed to Make Avocado Soup

The soup part is super easy, all you have to do is put everything in the blender and go. You can do this while making the bacon and croutons. It stores well in the refrigerator.

If you make this Avocado Soup, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I love to hear from you, and try to respond to each and every comment when you do. So don’t forget to tag me on Instagram if you do! 

Bowl of Avocado Soup with Bacon and Chile Rubbed Croutons in a pink bowl

Avocado Soup with Bacon and Chile Croutons

Creamy avocado soup topped with homemade chile croutons and bacon.
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Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:45 mins

Ingredients

  • 3 slices bacon cut into lardons
  • ? teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons mild chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon bacon grease
  • 1 cup cubed stale sourdough bread
  • 1 teaspoon mild chili powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 large Haas avocados peeled and pit removed – about 2 cups
  • ½ small bunch of cilantro washed and thick stems removed
  • 2 tablespoon red onion roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice
  • 1- 14 ounce can light coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ? teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • water as needed

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees,
  • Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat and add in the cut bacon. Season the bacon with cayenne pepper and chili powder. Stir to combine and cook the bacon until all the fat has rendered out and the bacon is crispy.
  • Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Reserve about 2 tablespoons of bacon grease and drain out the rest. Return reserved bacon grease back to the pan.
  • Add in the cubed bread and stir to combine with the remaining ½ teaspoon of chili powder, a pinch of cayenne pepper, and a pinch of salt. Place in oven and bake 5-8 minutes until browned. Remove from the heat and cover lightly with foil to keep warm.
  • Place the peeled avocados into a blender or food processor with cilantro, onion, lime juice, coconut milk, honey, and remaining seasoning. Blend until smooth and creamy about 2 minutes. If the mixture is too thick you can add water, 1 Tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is achieved. The soup should resemble melted ice cream in texture..
  • Garnish the soup with cilantro, warm bacon, and croutons. Add a swirl of sweet chile sauce or sriracha

Notes

This recipe is based on Louise Mellor’s recipe. I have made a few tweaks and additions.
Course: Soup
Keyword: avocado, bacon
Servings: 4
Author: Cheri Liefeld

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