First I fried the bacon in a fry pan and then sauteed the veggies in that pan. I made this soup tonight…. Thank you for this recipe! I love the idea of adding smoked paprika! If I made it again I would substitute plain water for one of the cups of broth to eliminate some of the saltiness and use pre-cooked microwave bacon to make it a true quick and easy soup. I haven’t actually used it before as I’ve only just bought it in the past week. You state use 3/4 if reserved bacon but never say how much to reserved. Thank you, Maureen! Subscribe to my free recipe newsletter to get new family friendly recipes in your inbox each week! For my soup, I knew I wanted actual smoked bacon, not liquid smoke or bacon that had been flavored with liquid smoke. We are a family that likes to dip, and peanut butter sandwiches got dipped into the soup. I also used my immersion blender to blend the entire pot of soup then I added two more cans of beans. The canned Bean w/Bacon soup was always my favorite, but the last few times I’ve tried it, it was NOT good! I used to keep soup jars in my freezer. Made this soup today for lunch and it is FABULOUS!! The dried beans are the cheapest way to go. Well, my daughter has this love of soup. I’m so glad to hear it beat out other bean soup recipes. You could definitely stretch it out to 6 servings – these servings are pretty generous. It has all the flavor of a slow cooked bean soup, but only takes 40 minutes to make! I did add extra broth the next day because it was too thick. Between the creamy beans, the cooked beans, the cooked veggies, the tomato sauce, the bacon and the extra tomatoes tossed in near the end, i was PERFECT. Once the beans are cooked, measure them with the empty can. So i added 1/2 c of diced red potatoes and i didnt have tomato sauce on hand so i added about 3 oz of tomato paste. Sorry! Pick through the beans, then rinse and drain them. Cheers! First can I just say THANK YOU! It was perfect! So naturally, I chose my favorite Jones Dairy Farm bacon – their Dry Aged Cherrywood Smoked Bacon. Only the tomato puree is pure tomatoes in its finest/smoothest texture and is a “pure tomato” sauce-textured product. I hope you loved it as much as we did! It is super delicious! Seriously – this bean and bacon soup was so good – there will be no more cans of soup in my future! I doubled it & added extra minced garlic & a splash or two of liquid smoke…only bc I had some in the fridge. That reduces phytic acid which many people find helps with the bloating. This is one of my favorite soups!! I cannot wait to try this recipe! Took an extra 10 minutes on medium low, but that’s okay. This is similar to many canned versions of a bean and bacon soup, only using some fresh ingredients. So the majority of the sandwiches were just peanut butter, but there were always some with peanut butter and honey. That cannot be right. Otherwise, I followed it as written. Thank you so much for your recipe. When I repeat this recipe, I will try omitting the tomato sauce. We had this for dinner tonight. It comes in a small 8 oz can and is plain so it never changes the flavor of what I’m making. Thanks! Very good soup Lyndell! So happy to have seen this fabulous recipe. Seems like everyone loved bean with bacon soup as a child! I have found a warehouse here that imports a very few of your products including a little bottle of liquid smoke which we can’t buy here in our regular supermarkets. I used diced pancetta instead of smoked bacon. Use a sodium-reduced bacon, preferably the "natural" kind (those added chemicals are also bad for you). One day, at the grocery store, I was letting her choose out a few cans of soup. YUM!!! I’ll be adding diced ham as well for tonight’s batch and serving with cheddar biscuits. I actually grew up with Bean and Bacon soup, and I still love it and keep it on hand. The salty bite and flavor rounded it out extremely well. That girl can eat an entire can of soup for lunch herself. Still great though. I made it exactly as directed and it was almost perfect. As a child I ate LOTS of the canned soup from the brand I’m sure you are referencing. Discard all but about 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease. NEVER!! I’ve tried other bean soup recipes with little success – flat tasting… I knew when I read this recipe it was THE one and I was right! So I decided to improv a bit and I added some fennel and sage which I think really turned out nice. The majority of the calories from the soup come from the beans (there are a lot of them in there!) I just want to say again how delicious this soup is. I did it today. It was delicious and despite being 100 degrees today, I enjoyed a small bowl. And many, many thanks for working out this recipe and posting it. Cook carrots,onions, and celery in bacon fat over medium heat till soft. Roast beef is a classic main dish for holidays, family get-togethers, and elegant dinners alike. And there I saw it – the Bean with Bacon soup. Great soup made it today and my family loved it. I fried the onions first and used beans in molasses. but family enjoyed the recipie - i did too and will definately make it again - also added frozen pkg of corn - all in all it was delicious. Absolutely wonderful! I will definitely make this again. TY for sharing this wonderful soup recipe. Thank you for sharing! But I was wondering if I could use kidney beans or pinto? So! I also added 8 oz of cherrywood smoked ham this time around. great base. I’m about to start your recipe now and will be tonight’s dinner. Now I can enjoy my old favorite, in a new and much better way, again! It was a hit. I just got an immersion blender, so easily blended it to our liking while in the soup pot. I adjusted this recipe a tiny bit. Like a lot of cooks, I sometimes tinker with a recipe a bit. Now, with great thanks to you and your daughter, I have once again fallen in love with Bean and Bacon soup! Delicious! There were some whole beans and then carrots throughout every bite. Thank you for posting. But if you are looking at straight calories, then yes, this is definitely not a low-calorie food. Homemade soup beats canned every time…. Your taste buds did not change. That would be a good substitute, perhaps sliced ham. So I thinned out paste and used it instead. Add navy beans into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Drain the beans and place them in a pot. Thanks for the recipe! Do you simmer the soup with the lid on or off?? On low 12 hours. Good luck and enjoy this wonderful soup! Just a small portion and crusty bread is a very satisfying meal. Same thing, SUPER fake and smokey. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Thanks! Also took another reviewers suggestion & threw in some potato flakes. Add the tomato sauce and 3/4 of the reserved bacon and stir to combine. . This takes me back to Mom’s cooking. Thanks so much! I did make a change though. Just estimate the right amount. This, my new friend, is the bean with bacon soup recipe I’ve been looking for. The only changes I made were,to add more of the bacon fat and, add a good tablespoon of butter in the pot just before serving. Leftover broth, gravy, veggies and meat would go in the jar. Can I use veg both instead? I also had (left over from another recipe) 1/2 can of tomato sauce & 1/2 can of tomato paste that I had mixed together & used that. My son said it had a little too much bacon but it was good. I can only imagine how great it will taste! This is a lot fresher than the ones in the can, although I didn’t know any better then. Smokey Bean Soup with Ham and Bacon. Thank you for posting your beautiful bowl of soup with a little (what looks like) peanut butter sandwich lovingly beside it. I do plan to experiment and see if I can make it with smoked paprika instead of bacon (trying to be healthier). . This is very good. I doubled the bacon (cause I love me some bacon) and the cherry smoked makes it perfect. Pulse until combined and somewhat creamy, but not totally smooth, rough puree. Welcome to Taste and Tell. made this and while it was really good, it was way too salty. I haven’t had it in literally decades, but now I need to revisit. Thank you so much! We need to double the recipe next time. Thank you so much for this recipe! Thank you for a fabulous tecipe! One eye opener for me when I visited the Culinary Institute of America with Jones Dairy Farm last year was that a lot of companies use liquid smoke to flavor their meats and bacon. Well I made this tonight and it was absolutely phenomenal! Now I’m just thrilled I get to eat it again. Remove the bacon and reserve, leaving the dripping in the pot. Your mom was a smart woman for cooking light on Sundays. Thank you for helping save a memorable flavor of my childhood this company ruined. I have travelled throughout the States extensively and found that your supermarkets have an immensely larger range of food-stuffs than we do. You should be able to find tomato sauce with the canned tomatoes in the grocery store. Made this recipe for dinner and it was fantastic! I’m so happy you pinned my favorite soup. We absolutely love this recipe. Just made this for dinner tonight. Didn’t change a thing and thought it perfect. Fact – I make a lot of soups. I just bought a can of it too and thought it tasted like a chemical, I used to love it. And I love how you have adapted it to make it work for you as well! Drain the beans: Drain the beans that have been soaking in water. WOW! Thanks for providing this recipe. Thank you for the recipe. I do not soak ahead, never have. Thanks for creating this keeper-recipe! I can only find applewood smoked bacon – that would work, right? Bean with bacon is one of my favorite soups and this recipe is so tasty! Onion and garlic powder black pepper and a bit of liquid smoke gave the soup a really good flavor. Allrecipes is part of the Meredith Food Group. By the way after pinning over 1000 recipes this is the first one I’ve ever commented on. Bring to a boil. I did add some of the bacon to cook with the beans. I’ve said it here a thousand times before, but no other bacon compares to this bacon in my eyes. For chicken broth I can usually just add of cube of some kind to my veggie stock turning it to chicken stock. Yum! I used Trader Joe’s ends and pieces of uncured bacon and chopped up an end hunk of ham that I got for a buck from the odds and ends rack of the deli counter. It gives a nice deep flavor, but I didn’t add more than 1/2 tsp. Here in the SF Bay Area we don’t really do winter, so I can make this anytime. No gift befits the food-obsessed people in your life like a cookbook. Combine the soaked beans, bacon, carrots, celery, onion, thyme, garlic, tomato paste, crushed red pepper, water, and stock in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. But the soup is delicious, even the first day! Culinary Institute of America with Jones Dairy Farm. I’m an Australian living in Sydney and we’re in our summer right now, but can’t wait until our winter to try this. My favorites are Beef Barley (Dad’s recipe) and Oxtail soup (my Polish Grandma’s recipe) and Cilantro lime chicken. Welcome to Taste and Tell. Thanks! I won’t do that next time. 8 slices bacon 1 C diced onion 3 cloves garlic 8 oz diced smoked Ham (about 2 C) 2 red potatoes, diced into bite-sized pieces (2-2 1/2C) We like our soup with lots of the goodies. I just omit or use less if I plan to freeze. They always turn out great. I can’t wait to try your recipe. However, this Tuscan bean and bacon soup is so comforting and delicious, my other half requests it (multiple times) every single fall and winter season without fail.. Tony, make sure your CC analyzer is using canned beans and not dried — it makes a BIG difference. I do not have tomato sauce, only a can of plain tomato soup. Add in chicken broth, tomato paste, sugar, thyme and beans. This was just outstanding! Well – I made Deborah’s version for dinner tonight and it was just terrific. I also use lots of chorizo ( out of the skin) in different soups. Keep that can by washing and drying it whenever you use it so you can measure things. My only regret is that I didn’t double the recipe in order to have some on hand in the freezer. I used to love the ‘canned’ version of bean and bacon soup. Also, whenever I make meat of any kind (baked, boiled, fried, it doesn’t matter) I reserve the juices and freeze them for broth. This caught my eye because bean and bacon soup HAD been one of my faves from this particular brand as a child…..Until I bought it a while back. I just tried this recipe and it turned out great! Also my home canned beans and chicken broth. Thank you for supporting them, too. When something says smoked, I’m thinking it’s actually spent some time in a smoker, but that isn’t always the case. Add bacon, hearty bean soup mix, carrots, water, salt, pepper, and bay leaf to the slow cooker and mix well to blend. Thanks. Didn’t bother to puree any, as we were starving! Like so many others, I’m adding this to our rotation. It was easy to make and delicious. So, could I use a drop or two of that. I will be making this again it was absolutely to die for. @ Walmart if you don’t have one) to pour the soup into the bags. I wasn’t sure what “tomatoe” sauce meant, so I figured regular, marinara pasta sauce would work. I miss my B&B soup! I used low salt everything- even the bacon- and it tasted great! This was a childhood favourite so I’m glad to have found your version!! ).did use a little liquid smoke and it was fine. Better then any can soup by far and you know what your putting in it is good and wholesome. Thanks for the recipe! I made this tonight, followed the recipe exactly, and my family loved it. . Made it exactly as written and love it. . Put the soaked beans, fried bacon, sauteed onion and garlic, peppercorns, and bay leaves into the pressure cooker. . Thanks! I’m so glad you loved it! Made this today and it is one of the best soup recipes I have made! Let them soak overnight. Badia seasoning is very popular here in Florida and we use it in soups and on veggies etc. at the end i added about a tablespoon of cane sugar (my brown sugar sub.) definently a keeper! You can look on the back of the can and see the smoke additive in the the ingredients..Nasty. I’ll be making this next week for our annual family Souptacular, and I know there won’t be a drop left in the pot. We don’t have the specific brand you used so I had to use another companies brand of cherrywood smoked bacon. Though using too much can be fake tasting. To the hot bacon … Put them in a bowl and cover them with water by two inches. She sees my can of Bean and Bacon soup, and asks for it. thanks for this!! Hoping the soup freezes well. I also loved canned Bean and Bacon as a kid. I made it this morning so that I could serve it for lunch with some heavenly homemade bread. Method. She would probably eat homemade soup every day if I made it for her, but since that’s just not possible we always have a few cans of chicken noodle soup on hand. I pureed most of the soup in my food processor to really thicken it up. (If you haven't already soaked the beans, and you don't have time to do so overnight, you can put them in a large pot of water, bring to a boil, remove from heat and let sit for an hour, then drain.) 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