Fry the bacon in a large pot and remove.
Add the carrot and celery and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes.
Add the onion, bay leaf and whole cloves of garlic.
Stir and add the pepper.
All you really need is a big pot and some bacon bits.
After that, you improvise.
(Otherwise) we are stuck with the tyranny of the formal recipe which defines The Only Way To Do It in a form as exact, and frequently as exciting, as a prescription from the doctor.