Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs
I've been making this soup for a couple of years, loosely based on my mom's navy beans with pork hocks. I have tried it with cannellini beans, but prefer the taste and texture of the great northerns. The soup freezes really well and heats perfectly in the microwave. Cooking time does not include quick soaking the beans. I hope you enjoy it! :)
- 1 lb great northern bean, dry
- 4 cups cold water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup bacon, diced (smoked bacon ends)
- 2 celery ribs, sliced
- 2 carrots, peeled and diced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 -3 garlic cloves, sliced
- 1⁄3 cup white wine
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 teaspoon ground sage
- 1 tablespoon herbs (McCormick's Seasoned Herb Medley, or similar)
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 5 -6 cups water
- 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
- Quick soak dried beans by placing them in a dutch oven covered with 4 cups (at least 2 inches) of cold water -- bring to a boil for 2 minutes, then remove from heat, cover and let sit for about 1 hour. While waiting prepare vegetables and bacon. Drain beans in a colander.
- Using the same pot, saute bacon in olive oil at medium high heat until lightly carmelized. Add celery, carrots, onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes. Add wine and reduce until wine is practically gone, then stir in salt, peppercorns, pepper, chili, sage, herbs, stock, water and beans.
- Bring to a gentle boil then reduce heat to light simmer, cover and cook for about 2 hours.
- Check that beans are completely soft, then slurry with a wand mixer for 30 seconds, leaving about half of the beans in tact.
- Stir in the parsley, remove from heat and let stand, covered until cooled.
Very Good! This was exactly what I was looking for. We made with a left over ham bone.
This was quite good. However, I would suggest using less salt. I found it quite salty even though the chicken broth I used had no added salt.
I made mine with navy beans.It was very tasty with great flavor. I waited an hour into simmering before adding salt so the beans would get tender first. Then I started with 2 tsp salt and tasted from there. Would love to try again with great northern beans. Thanks, slb2008! [Made for Pick-A-Chef 2013]