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Rustic White Bean Soup with Bacon

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This is hands down one of my favorite soups, and so simple to make. I remember falling in love with a ‘cream’ version of this soup many years ago, but discovered a way to omit the cream while not sacrificing the flavor and texture one bit. Hearty and yummy, ‘creamy’ and satisfying, you’re bread will be begging to be dipped into this bowl of soup!

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 whole Onion, Chopped
  • 2 whole Carrots (medium), Peeled And Diced
  • 2 stalks Celery, Diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 3 cans Small White Beans (15.5 Ounces Each), Drained And Rinsed
  • 1-½ teaspoon Dry Italian Seasoning
  • 1-½ teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 cups Chicken Stock, Hot
  • ¼ cups Bacon, Cooked And Crumbled
  • 1 Tablespoon Flat-leaf Parsley, Chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice

Preparation

1) In a medium/large pot set over medium heat, melt the butter with olive oil; add the onion, carrots, celery and garlic; once garlic becomes aromatic, add the rinsed white beans and gently stir; add the Italian seasoning, black pepper and salt, and stir.
2) Add the hot chicken stock, bring to a boil and then lower heat to medium-low, and allow to gently simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes. (Stir occasionally, and use the back of your spoon to gently push down and break apart the beans during the last 15 minutes of the cooking to naturally thicken the soup.)
3) Once soup has simmered for 45 minutes and has thickened, turn off the heat; add the bacon, the chopped parsley and the lemon juice, and stir to combine; check seasoning at this time, and adjust, if necessary.
4)Ladle soup into bowls. Enjoy!

* This soup is best served with a rustic-style, warm, crusty bread- great for dipping!

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Ann Garvin on 2.11.2012

This sounds wonderful. I’ve added it to my recipes and hope to try it soon. Thanks.

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heatherpkunas on 12.7.2011

This is now one of my most favorite recipes. I’ve made it once a week since I discovered it. Its easy to make, healthy, and delicious. Thanks so much for a great recipe.

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terrilw on 3.5.2013

Great flavor! Mine didn’t turn out as thick as the picture looks. Maybe it was the type of beans I used (cannellini) or I didn’t mush enough of them. Still, it’s definitely a keeper. We all loved it.

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emilyann on 3.5.2013

Fantastic flavor! I think it’s a soup that is even better the second day, after the ingredients mingle together over night in the fridge. Thank you for sharing this wonderful gem!

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Feisty Eats on 10.27.2012

Delicious and so easy to put together. Thanks!

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Kelly on 10.12.2012

This was really peppery the night we made it, but it tasted heavenly the next day. A very good soup!

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WestieMom on 10.8.2012

Delicious! I followed the recipe as written with the exception of sauteing my onions, garlic, etc. with the bacon as I browned it. Glad I doubled the recipe because EVERYONE loved it – we only had one tiny little cup left over for my lunch today! :)

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