Bean and Bacon Soup

by kara on March 31, 2011

The calendar says it’s spring.  The birds are chirping outside, and the snow is melting.   And yet  I’m still in search for comforting, hearty meals to warm me up.    This soup is always a winner with my guy.  I don’t know any man that doesn’t like bacon.   In an effort to use what was in my fridge, I used pork bacon; however, turkey bacon works just as well.  If you choose to use turkey bacon, make sure to add 1- 2 Tbsp. of olive oil to Dutch oven when cooking bacon and additional oil if needed when cooking the vegetables.

Bean and Bacon Soup

Adapted from Real Simple Magazine, February 2005

5 strips of bacon (pork or turkey)

1 cup chopped carrots

1 cup chopped celery

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 cup chopped yellow onion

2  (15 1/2 oz.) cans Northern Beans, drained

1 1/4 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

4 Tbsp. freshly chopped parsley

 

In a large Dutch oven, fry the bacon until it’s crisp.  Remove from pan and drain on plate with paper towels.  Add the carrots to the pan drippings in the Dutch oven.  Saute over medium heat for 5 minutes.  Add the celery, garlic, and onions and cook for another 3 minutes; stir frequently.  Add the beans and 2 cups of water.  Bring the soup to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to low.  Let the soup simmer for 10 minutes. In the meantime, cut up bacon into small pieces, reserving 2-3 Tbsp aside.  Uncover and partially mash soup with potato masher or large slotted spoon until soup thickens.  Stir in bacon, salt, pepper, and 2 Tsp. parsley.

Place soup in a bowl and top with additional parsley  and reserved bacon to your liking.   Serve soup with a big chunk of crusty bread.  It’s even better with a good beer pairing:)

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Courtland Merrill April 6, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I can confirm that this soup is DELICIOUS. Kind of like Navy bean soup on steroids. I will also add that the bacon is a key component. I’m sure turkey bacon would would be good, but the real deal-crispy pork-tastes great.

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