Monday, December 6, 2010

Bean and Bacon Soup


First off I apologize for being MIA the past few weeks, the hubsters was on vacation and I have been super busy since then, I have missed you!

My husbands favorite Campbell's Soup is the Bean and Bacon variety. We don't really eat canned soup anymore as I make soup from scratch about once a week or so. I wanted to try to re-create the same flavor and consistency of the Campbell's Soup. I gave some to my Father In Law and he loved it as well, it does not get any better than that!

I have to admit I tried to make what I thought Ham Stock would be (smoked ham hocks and veggies) lovingly cooked all day, and ended up with a large bowl of Ham Jello. I should have consulted with my husband on that. So I ended up using Chicken Stock. It still turned out incredibly well. I doubled the recipe below.

2 cups Navy Beans - soaked overnight
1/2 pound good smokey bacon
3 medium carrots minced small
3 celery stalks minced small
1 medium onion minced
1/2 tsp Thyme
2 cloves garlic minced
4 ounces tomato paste
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes or more to your taste
6 cups Ham Stock or Chicken Stock
1 TBL White Wine Vinegar
2 drops Liquid Smoke
Salt and Pepper to taste

Dice your bacon into small squares, saute in a stock pot until the fat has rendered and you have small crispy bacon bits, remove with slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel. Keep the bacon grease!

Saute your carrots, celery, onion and thyme in the rendered bacon fat for 5 minutes or so until the onions are translucent.

Add the remaining ingredients and simmer until beans are tender about 3 hours. Foam will rise to the top of the soup, skim it off...

Remove 2 cups of soup and puree and add back to the pot (this will thicken the soup)

Serve with Cornbread.

18 comments:

Sasha said...

Bean and bacon soup is the best for the cold months. I could eat it every day!

Sophie Sportende Foodie said...

MMMMM,..what a super tasty beans & bacon soup this is,..a bit spiced up too!

Yummie & tasty food!

I missed you too!

Pam said...

This is one of my favorite soups too... it would be perfect for this cold and rainy day.

Marjie said...

I don't buy canned soup either. It's just not that hard to put ingredients in a pot with water and see what comes out of the experiment! And who needs all that salt, anyway? This looks just delicious, Cheryl.

tamilyn said...

While I'm not a huge bean fan, it sounds comforting. I love bacon....maybe I could just make bacon soup? :)

Mary Bergfeld said...

That sounds like a soup that could warm a winter weary soul. It looks delicious. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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That soup is just packed with flavour!

Debbie said...

Perfect with the weather we are having here!

Sean Grey Hanson said...

There's nothing like a steaming bowl of bacon soup on a cold winter's day

sophia said...

Serve with cornbread?! Hee hee, I knew I liked you. I actually just bought about 6 cans of Campbell condensed soup. (hangs head in shame)

grace said...

when the first and most abundant ingredients are beans and bacon, i know i'm gonna like it. this looks perfectly hearty and happifying. yes, i just made up a word. :)

The Blonde Duck said...

I love anything with beans, bacon and liqued smoke.

Anonymous said...

This is my absolute favorite comfort food. Thank you for posting this. As soon as I can find the door (it's pretty post-apocolyptic Christmas messy here) I'm headed out for the ingredients.

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Thanks for sharing this recipe to us, I especially love cooking and making other people happy when they get to taste my work. :-) I, too, love eating, as much as I love cooking, lol!
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