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Bean and Bacon Soup

This bean and bacon soup has been on our menu for about 25 years. Customers tell us they love its flavor. A clear chicken broth makes it different from other bean soups. —Robert Doumas, Gaylord, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + standing Cook: 1 hour 20 min.
  • Makes
    8-10 servings


  • 1 pound dried navy beans
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  • Place beans in a Dutch oven or soup kettle; 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. Drain and rinse beans; discard liquid.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the broth, beans, parsley, bay leaves and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Add the onion, carrot and celery. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until vegetables and beans are tender. Stir in bacon. Discard the bay leaves before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 196 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 818mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 12g fiber), 13g protein.

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  • cherdeb224
    Mar 11, 2014

    My go-to recipe for bean soup! My only addition is 1/2 can of tomato paste added at the end and blended in. Easy peasy in both the crock pot or the pressure cooker!

  • kellyannm
    Aug 31, 2013

    This is the best bean soup. I used turkey bacon and it tasted great that way.

  • janma
    Jul 16, 2013

    Almost too good. We ate too much.

  • bettygaier
    Apr 14, 2013

    This is the very best been soup ever. Great taste & easy to make.

  • RHergenroeder
    Jan 3, 2012

    I made a few a changes based on what was in my pantry..1 can each Navy, Cannelli, & Pinto. I make soup quite frequently...this one is a keeper!

  • pettymama
    Nov 14, 2011

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  • Kahunabob
    Jan 3, 2011

    I copied this recipe from a Taste of Home magazine a couple years ago, made it today and it is by far the best navy bean soup I've ever eaten. I used a ham bone from Christmas instead of the bacon the recipe calls for and it is delicious!!

  • bbczar
    Dec 15, 2008

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    Nov 6, 2008

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