Bean With Bacon Soup Recipe
Nothing says warm winter meal to me than the deliciousness of a soup. One that can be made in the slow cooker is even better because it requires less hands-on time and has plenty of time for the flavors to meld together while it cooks. Not to mention it makes it easy to throw together supper in the morning so that it’s ready and on the table by dinner time.
This Bean with Bacon Soup recipe is full of bacon flavor and perfectly hearty for a warm winter meal. You only need a few ingredients to make it which makes it affordable and easy.
Bean with Bacon Soup Recipe
What You Need:
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cups butternut squash OR carrots, diced
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 pound bacon
- 1 jar/can tomato paste
- 1 pound navy beans, soaked overnight
For this recipe, I used dried beans since they are the most cost effective and work well in dry storage. If you are also using dried beans, be sure and soak them overnight before using in the soup. You can read more on Soaking Dried Beans here. Although most Bean with Bacon Soup recipes call for carrots, I have plenty of butternut squash in my root cellar and so that’s what we use in this soup. Either will work just fine. You can also add in diced celery if you have some on hand.
To start making the soup, fry the diced onion in a bit of oil until it’s transparent. Add the onion, chicken broth, butternut squash, tomato paste, and garlic into your slow cooker.
Fry your bacon on the stovetop until it’s nice and crispy. Stick it in the fridge for a few moments to cool before dicing. I can’t tolerate pork so I recently found Beef Bacon here and it’s awesome! It’s not the most cost effective product but it’s so nice to be able to enjoy a bit of bacon now and then.
After you’ve finished cutting the bacon, add to your slow cooker. Rinse the beans well and add them in last. Give everything a big stir until the ingredients are combined and set your slow cooker on low. Let it work it’s magic for about 6 to 8 hours until the beans are soft and cooked through.
Serve this hearty meal with a dollop of sour cream on the top or just nice and warm straight from the slow cooker. This recipe makes enough to serve 6 and possibly have leftovers since it’s a very hearty soup. We are able to enjoy this as a meal for all 4 of us and then have leftovers for lunches the next 2 days after making it. I love soup leftovers!
Does your family enjoy a good Bean with Bacon Soup recipe? Or have you never tried it before?