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bean with bacon soup ~ bowl of soup with spoonful showing close up of beans.
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Bean with Bacon Soup

Bean with Bacon Soup ~ like the can stuff from childhood but better. Way, way better.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Bean Soup like Campbell's
Servings: 4
Author: A Gouda Life


  • 1/3 pound thick cut Applewood smoked bacon 1/2 pound if not using ham bone
  • ham bone optional
  • 1 cup onions diced
  • 1 cup carrots diced
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme finely chopped
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 3 cans Great Northern beans drained but not rinsed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons Italian parsley chopped


  • Cook the bacon in a soup pot or Dutch oven until crisp.
  • Remove the bacon from the pot, leaving the drippings in the pot.
  • Add carrots, celery and onions (+ham bone if using). Grate garlic over the top and add thyme then season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook over medium heat 5-7 minutes or until carrots are softened.
  • Add the tomato paste, blend and continue cooking 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in the chicken stock and drained beans.
  • Cover and simmer 30 minutes.
  • Using an immersion blender, pulse several times leaving some beans whole.
  • Simmer uncovered 10 minutes.
  • Add the parsley and chopped bacon.