Chicken, Bacon and White Bean Soup Portuguese Style

Recipe by LifeIsGood
READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
SERVES: 8-12




  • Put the beans into a large pot.
  • Add water to cover by 2 inches and soak for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • Then drain.
  • Fry the bacon in a heavy stockpot over medium-high heat until crisp, about 7 minutes.
  • Use a slotted spoon to lift onto paper towels to drain.
  • Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat from the pot.
  • Add the onions and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the shallots, garlic, bay leaves, salt and cayenne.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallots soften, about 1 minute.
  • Add the beans to the pot with the stock, and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Stir in the chicken and the reserved bacon and heat through.
  • Remove and discard bay leaves.
  • Ladle into warm bowls and sprinkle with the grated cheese.