Bean and Bacon Soup

READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
Top Review by IngridH

This was a great soup for a cold night. I've always loved bean and bacon soup, and this one is wonderful. I cut the recipe by four, as I didn't need the full amount. I didn't have any tomatoes, so I used a tablespoon of tomato paste instead, adding it after the vegetables and garlic had softened, and letting it saute until fragrant before adding the rest of the ingredients. I can't wait to have the leftovers for lunch!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preparation Check the beans for stones.
  2. Pour boiling water over beans and let stand 1 hour or soak overnight and drain.
  3. Finely chop the bacon ends and pieces, or fat saved from a smoked ham, and cook it on a medium fire in a big pot to render the fat.
  4. Be sure the crumbs of fat are nicely browned, like crisp bacon.
  5. Add the cut up veggies (you can change the amounts to suit yourself, and add others too, ad lib) and saute in the fat.
  6. Add a few cloves of mashed garlic if you like it.
  7. Drain the beans and rinse them.
  8. Add the water or stock, beans and ham hock and herbs and spices.
  9. Bring to the boil, simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, maybe even more depending on beans, until they are very tender.
  10. Cut the fat and skin from the ham hock and dice it and return to the soup.
  11. I often cook a couple of extra ones and have beans and hocks as a meal.
  12. Season with salt and pepper.
  13. You can skim the fat, but in the cold winter, it tastes good.
  14. The colder it is, the better you will like fatty soups.
  15. If you cook it long enough, the beans and everything will break down and puree, combining with the fat to make a"creamy" consistency, that is much admired by"beanies.
  16. "I like to finish the soup with sliced kielbasa.

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