Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)
- 4 center-cut bacon slices, chopped
- 4 green onions
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 ⅛ ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/4 cup)
- 2 ½ cups 2% reduced-fat milk
- 1 ¼ cups unsalted chicken stock
- 1 bay leaf
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper
- 24 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 1 pound)
- 1 (10-ounce) package frozen corn kernels, thawed
- Step 1: Cook bacon in a large saucepan over medium heat 6 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon, reserving drippings.
- Step 2: Thinly slice green onions; reserve 2 tablespoons dark green parts. Add white and light green onion parts, thyme, and garlic to drippings in pan; sauté 2 minutes. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Sprinkle over onion mixture; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in milk, stock, and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and cook 2 minutes. Stir in salt, black pepper, red pepper, shrimp, and corn; simmer 4 minutes or until shrimp are done. Discard bay leaf. Divide soup evenly among 4 bowls; sprinkle with bacon and reserved 2 tablespoons green onions.