You can't beat a homemade soup -- especially one that has bacon in it!
When I was a kid, I lived for the moments when the canned soup for lunch was bean and bacon soup. It is the only canned soup I have ever liked remotely. I have tried a few bean and bacon recipes and they were wonderful, but did not quite capture the same essence of the canned soup. I know it's probably a weird thing to be hunting for a recipe that tastes like canned soup, but I don't mean that I want it to taste like canned soup. I want it to taste similar enough to it, but obviously much better because it's a homemade recipe!
I want to say my previous attempts at a bean and bacon soup did not contain carrots, which were a welcome addition. I also know for certain that they did not have tomato sauce in them. I saw that on the ingredients list and side eyed it pretty hard, but I've come to trust what recipe creators are doing and went with it. The results were incredible. It is reminiscent of my favorite soup from my childhood, but it's homemade and so the quality is so much better.
What you need:
- 8 oz. bacon, diced
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 2 to 3 carrots, diced
- 2 celery ribs, diced
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 3 cans (15 oz. each) Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
- Salt and pepper
- 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
- In a large stockpot, cook bacon until crisp and then remove with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with a paper towel. Remove all but 2 Tbsp. bacon grease.
- Cook onions, carrots, and celery over medium heat in the bacon grease for about 5 minutes.
- Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
- Add chicken broth and GN beans. Season with salt and pepper.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce to low to simmer. Simmer for 1 hour.
- Blend half of the soup in a blender until smooth and then stir back into stockpot.
- Add tomato sauce and 3/4 of the reserved bacon to stockpot and stir. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Heat through and then serve topped with remaining bacon.
It has been months since I've posted a soup recipe with beans in it, but I am directing you to it anyways: Slow Cooker Tuscan Sausage and Bean Soup. I have tried this recipe and loved it, so be sure to check Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup from Spend with Pennies out.
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