Yankee Bean Soup Recipe
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Yankee Bean Soup Recipe

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My family really enjoys this hearty soup, which is perfect for a wintry day. Bacon, molasses and onion add great flavor. A friend from Massachusetts gave me the recipe years ago, and I've made it countless times since then.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + standing Cook: 1-3/4 hours
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + standing Cook: 1-3/4 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups dried navy beans
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, diced
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery leaves
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons molasses
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 315 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 847 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 13 g fiber, 18 g protein.


  1. Place the beans in a Dutch oven; add water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour.
  2. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid. Set beans aside. In the same pan, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings.
  3. In the drippings, saute onion until tender. Stir in carrot and celery leaves. Return beans to the pan. Add water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-3/4 to 2 hours or until beans are tender.
  4. Stir in the milk, molasses, salt and bacon. Remove about 2-1/2 cups of soup; cool slightly. Place in a blender or food processor; cover and process until pureed. Return to the pan; heat through. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Yankee Bean Soup in Country Extra January 2006, p51

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Reviewed Oct. 1, 2011

"This soup does have a very nice old fashioned comfort food kind of taste. The only thing I might change is to used canned navy beans. We have a heck of a time here in Colorado getting our beans cooked. The cowboys must have let them cook FOREVER!"

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

"This soup is great and so easy. A keeper for sure. Thanks"

Reviewed Sep. 21, 2010

"This is just like I remember as a child! I am intrigued to try the molasses!"

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2009

"I tried this recipe and was very pleased with the results.The mollasses add a twist to the flavor of the soup."

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