Friday, October 19, 2012

White Bean & Bacon Soup

I was looking through my soup recipes the other night, for something that used ingredients I had on hand (hadn't been grocery shopping in a few weeks), and would be warm, comforting, and yummy on that cold rainy day.  I also needed something that could go in the crockpot, so it would be ready when we got home from work, before we ran out the door again to church.  I ended up finding a very basic recipe and adding a few things til I was satisfied.    My family LOVED this soup!  We ate it with a couple of slices of toast from my bread.  Luckily, Steve and I had enough left for our lunch the next day!

White Bean & Bacon Soup

1 lb bacon, fried until crisp, and crumbled
3 cans white beans
1 vidalia onion, diced
3 large carrots, peeled and diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
4 potatoes, diced
freshly ground salt, pepper, and fennel

Chop and fry bacon.  While bacon is frying, pour beans into crockpot.  Add minced garlic and spices to taste.   When bacon is done, use a slotted spoon and remove to pot with beans.  Saute carrots, onions, and potatoes in bacon grease until crisp tender.  Add to pot.  Cook on low for 6 hours.  
This is a very yummy, comforting soup.  For a vegetarian option, fry a pound of baby bella mushrooms in a bit of grapeseed oil in place of the bacon.    This is a soup we will be making often! 

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  1. This soup works for me, sans bacon of course! I could add in more beans! YUM! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party last week! What a fantastic link up of recipes and other GF goodies! Each week, I am so amazed! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) I hope that you'll join us this week! Cindy from

    PS, GFF #11 will be live tonight at 7 pm Eastern time!

  2. You could also add mushrooms in place of bacon! Sauteed shiitakes would lend themselves well to the soup I think!

  3. Michelle Patriarco - (facebook friend)September 22, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Jennifer...sounds yummy! I am not the best cook, do you have an amount of water that I should use? Thanks.

    1. I'd start with 2-3 cups, and add more if you like it thinner. I like it nice and thick. Hope you love this as much as we do!