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Bacon and Bean Soup is thick, rich, and smoky, and perfect for a cozy weeknight dinner. It’s easy to make, full of flavor, and always a crowd pleaser!

soup pot with bacon and bean soup

Folks, you need this creamy bacon and bean soup in your life – this bean soup recipe is pure comfort food! And if you want some more, be sure to check out our other favorite soups, like Tortellini Soup, White Bean Sausage and Kale Soup, and Homemade Chicken Soup.

Why We Love Bacon and Bean Soup

  • Bacon. It’s got a ton of bacon in it, and the bacon adds a rich smoky flavor.
  • It’s so easy to make. There are simple, everyday ingredients, and it’s ready in about an hour.
  • Freezer friendly – Because it’s non-dairy, it freezes beautifully.
bowl of bean soup with a sppoon

Ingredients Needed for Bacon and Bean Soup

  • Bacon – About 10-12 ounces. Cook over high heat in a skillet until crispy, then drain on paper towels before dicing into small pieces.
  • Vegetables – Yellow onion, celery, carrots, garlic cloves.
  • Beans – 2 cans of Great Northern white beans, drained well.
  • Chicken broth or chicken stock
  • Bay leaf
  • Tomato sauce – a small can of tomato sauce that can be substituted with a tablespoon of tomato paste.
ingredients for bacon and bean soup

How to Make Bacon and Bean Soup

I love how easy and cozy this soup is. It doesn’t take a ton of effort and the flavor results are magical!

I made this recipe using canned beans. If that’s not your thing, grab some dried great Northern beans and cover them with water to soak overnight. Drain the dry beans and then add them to the soup per the recipe. I’m a convenience girl sometimes and the canned beans cut out some serious prep time.

  1. Start by cooking your bacon until it’s crispy. Here’s a great pro tip for you – when a recipe calls for crumbled bacon, just use kitchen shears to cut the raw bacon right into the hot skillet. No need to cut or crumble after it’s cooked!
  2. Save a little bit of the bacon grease and add the garlic, onions, carrots, celery, sauteing until soft.
  3. Add 2 cans of drained great northern beans, chicken broth, and a bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover the soup and let it simmer away. Chicken stock works too.
  4. Simmer the bean soup for about an hour so the beans and veggies get nice and soft.
  5. Remove the bay leaf and use an immersion blender (or a regular blender) to blend the soup and make it nice and thick. Add some tomato sauce for a little acidic note, then stir in the cooked bacon. Be sure to save some bacon to garnish your servings!
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FAQs

How do you thicken bean soup?

There’s also the matter of how much broth to use. I generally like my bean soups on the thick side, that being said I opted to use 3 cups of broth for this recipe. The soup came out runnier than I normally like, but everything was still delicious! If you like your soup thick too, add 2 cups of broth and proceed as directed.

What goes with bean soup?

This soup is seriously smoky and salty so you’ll want to add some mild, lighter sides. I usually serve bean soup with a copycat Olive Garden Salad, Wedge Salad, or a Caesar Salad and some crusty bread for dipping. Or if you’re my husband you’ll just add a big handful of crackers.

ladle pouring out soup

Variations

  • Add a splash of Liquid Smoke for an even smokier taste.
  • I always top each bowl of soup with some crumbled bacon, but top with fresh parsley for added color.
  • If you don’t have Great Northern beans, you can swap in some Cannellini beans. I always seem to have those on hand and they are interchangeable in your soup.

Storage and Reheating

  1. Refrigerator: Your bean soup will last about 4-5 days in the fridge if stored properly in an airtight container.
  2. Freezer: Let your soup cool, then pour it into a freezer bag or container. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. To reheat, thaw overnight in the fridge and heat on the stovetop.
3 bowls with bean soup and spoons

More Soup Recipes to Try:

Recipe

Bacon & Bean Soup

4.85 from 33 votes
Bacon and Bean Soup is thick, rich and smoky and perfect for a cozy weeknight dinner. It's easy to make, full of flavor and everyone loves it!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounces bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 45 ounces canned Great Northern beans drained
  • 32 ounces chicken broth more or less to thin or thicken
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • Salt & pepper to taste
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Instructions
 

  • Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook until crispy, about 5 to 8 minutes. Remove to a paper towel lined plate.
  • Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat. Add the onion, celery, carrots, and garlic to the bacon grease. Cook for 5 minutes until soft.
  • Add the beans and chicken broth. Stir to combine. Add the bay leaf.
  • Increase heat to high and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the bay leaf from the soup, Transfer the soup to a blender, food processor, or grab your immersion blender. Carefully pulse the soup until your desired consistency is reached. (I like the beans broken down, but not completely smooth.)
  • Return the soup to the pot (unless you used your immersion blender) and add the tomato sauce. Stir to combine. Add ½ of the bacon back into the soup, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Portion soup into serving bowls and garnish with remaining bacon. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Refrigerator: Your bean soup will last about 4-5 days in the fridge if stored properly in an airtight container.
  • Freezer: Let your soup cool, then pour it into a freezer bag or container. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. To reheat, thaw overnight in the fridge and heat on the stovetop.
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Nutrition

Calories: 780kcalCarbohydrates: 80gProtein: 37gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 1730mgPotassium: 1730mgFiber: 18gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 5743IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 223mgIron: 6mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

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Julie Espy

Food nerd. Cocktail enthusiast. Carboholic. Bacon addict. Basset nuzzler. Boy mom. Come eat something delicious with me at Bread Booze Bacon!

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  1. Dede says:

    Oh my goodness- this soup is so, so delicious! One of my new favorites for sure.

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you Dede!

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