Sunday, October 25, 2009

Bean and Bacon Soup

We have had such a cool Fall here. By that I mean it is cooler than normal for this time of year, plus it has been cloudy and downright dreary. And that type of weather calls for some body and soul warming soup! I wanted to try something new, so I turned to all the recipes I have bookmarked from all the wonderful blogs I read! Let me tell you, there are so many marvelous cooks in blog land and so many mouthwatering recipes to try, that I'll never get through all the dishes I want to make. But, I'm starting now, with this recipe for Bean and Bacon Soup, from Pam at "For the Love of Cooking". Pam has an amazing blog with some wonderful recipes, and this soup really hit the spot on a cold autumn day. I hope that you will try it.

Bean and Bacon Soup- slightly adapted from Pam at "The Love of Cooking"

6 strips of bacon

3 large carrots, diced

2 stalks of celery, diced

1 small onion, diced

1 large clove garlic, minced

sea salt and black pepper, to taste

1 bay leaf, ( I forgot this!)

4 cans of white beans, drained (I used Great Northern beans)

4 cups chicken broth

2 T. fresh parsley, chopped

In a dutch oven fry the bacon until crisp. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels and when cool, crumble.

In the dutch oven over medium heat, add the onion, celery and carrots to the bacon drippings and saute for about 7 minutes. . Then add the garlic and saute for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Season with salt and pepper.

Add 3 cans of drained beans along with the chicken broth; bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the carrots are tender.

Uncover, and remove bay leaf. Use a potato masher to partly mash the bean mixture until it slightly thickens. Stir in the last can of beans, parsley and crumbled bacon. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed. Enjoy this hearty and delicious soup! I served it with cornbread for a very satisfying lunch. I will be making this again and again as my husband loved it.

I did add an extra can of broth and a couple extra slices of bacon, just to make a bit more so there would be more leftovers. This Bean and Bacon Soup is so easy to prepare, that it would be perfect even for a weeknight meal. Give it a try and visit Pam's blog for more of her great recipes!


  1. What beautiful photos. I'm sure this soup tastes as good as it looks. I love bean soup, so you have a taker here. Have a great day.

  2. The bean soup looks absolutely delicious.

  3. beans and bacon, two of my favorite foods—hooray! great northern beans are a fine selection for this soup. :)

  4. Ohh that looks good! Pam is my neighbor and I just adore her!

  5. That would definitely warm you up on a chilly fall day. Gotta love bacon too!

  6. Yum, Yum, Good! Lynda, this is my all-time favorite soup. Thanks for reminding me to give it a try.

  7. Okay- now I'M bookmarking this one. Sounds wonderful.

  8. I am a fan of this soup too and yours looks fantastic! I could go for a bowl right now.

  9. I am so glad you like the soup - we loved it here. Thanks for the link back to my site and for the shout out. Your soup looks hearty and delicious.

  10. that soup reminds me of one my mom used to make. really warms you from the inside out! great photo, too!

  11. Pam does have great recipes. I wanna try making this too, only I think I wanna use lentils instead.

  12. I am copying and making this one!! Oh my, this is made up of ingredients I typically have on hand, and to think I could actually make a delicious soup (instead of the usual gruel I try to pass off, grins)is a bonus!! Thank you for sharing a delicious discovery and post!!

  13. Being a bacon fanatic, I'm going to love this hearty soup. I've made a lot of soups with these beans but for some reason never thought of adding bacon!

  14. Definitely making this - I make something similar so must try all variations. We've had cool, wet weather and soup is so welcoming.

  15. Oh my, another great looking soup you have posted here Lynda. I also LOVE a good bean soup, with bacon added. And this one looks like a winner! Lynda, I have been enjoying reading your blog and viewing all the wonderful recipes you have posted. In case you haven't seen it, I gave you the Lovely Blog Award, which can be seen at:

  16. I have made your recipe so many times, that I had to comment - just delicious, and so easy. I also like to throw in diced onion and a good amount of fresh spinach - gives some beautiful color and flavor!

    1. I love your addition of spinach and onion to this soup Debra. Thanks for the great idea and for leaving a comment! Glad you enjoy this soup as much as we do.


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