Real Simple Bean and Bacon Soup

READY IN: 35mins
Ms B.
Recipe by Ms B.

From the February 2005 issue of Real Simple magazine. This is a quick comfort food for cold days. You can substitute lima, cannellini, or borlotti beans for the great Northern beans in this recipe.

Top Review by violetsareblue

Super simple and easy but so good! I added more garlic and bacon but otherwise I stuck to the recipe. I added a few dashes of hot sauce in my own bowl (my little girl doesn't do spicy) and it was amazing! Thanks!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large Dutch oven or saucepan, fry the bacon until crisp.
  2. Remove and drain on paper towels.
  3. Let cool, chop and set aside.
  4. Over medium heat, add the carrot to the pan drippings in the Dutch oven and sauté for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the celery, onion, and garlic, stirring well and cooking for 3 minutes more.
  6. Add the beans and 2 cups of water.
  7. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to low.
  8. Let simmer for 10 minutes.
  9. Uncover and, with a potato masher or large slotted spoon, partially mash the bean mixture until it thickens slightly.
  10. Stir in the parsley, salt, pepper and bacon.
  11. Serve hot.

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