Bean with Bacon and Celery Soup


I used to buy cream of celery soup and would mix it with bean with bacon soup..yes I actually served soup from cans! We enjoy that soup combo but nothing beats homemade. This is a hearty soup, add a warm biscuit and you have lunch! If you prefer you can add a little shredded cheese to each bowl before serving.
  • 8 slices bacon, diced and fried. Set aside.
  • 1/2 medium sized onion, finely minced 
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 2 cups diced celery
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cans (15 oz) navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 3/4 of the fried bacon
  • 1 cup 10% cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper 
  • Parsley flakes/celery curls for garnish
  1. Cook bacon in a skillet until browned and crispy. Transfer bacon to paper towel lined plate and set aside. 
  2. Reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon fat in skillet after removing bacon, add onions, carrots, and celery and saute until vegetables are softened. Transfer sauteed vegetables to a soup pot.
  3. Sprinkle flour and garlic powder over vegetables and stir. Add chicken broth and beans.
  4. Bring soup to a boil then reduce to simmer until vegetables are done, stirring occasionally. Approx 30 minutes.
  5. Measure and remove 2 1/2 cups of the soup from the soup pot and puree. Add puree back into the rest of the soup in the pot. Stir in tomato sauce, 3/4 of the amount of fried bacon, and cream. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve hot, ladle into bowls and top with remaining 1/4 of the bacon and parsley flakes/celery curls as a garnish. 
  7. Yield: 6 to 8 servings

14 comments:

  1. This sounds wonderful! I grew up eating Campbell's bean with bacon soup. One of my favorites, along with their split pea soup. :)

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  2. I find it difficult to find canned navy beans. What brand do you buy?

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    1. Lorrie, I bought NN brand at Superstore.

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  3. THanks, I was just ollking for another hearty soup recipe for our cold winter!!! Nancy

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  4. If you soaked, then cooked 1 cup of navy beans instead of used bought beans, would that provide the same amount as listed in your recipe?

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    1. 2/3 dried beans equals 2 cups of cooked beans.

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  5. This looks so good! I was wondering though. Is there a version of this recipe to make it healthier? My husband is recovering from a heart attack and I would like to make a healthy version of this recipe.
    Thanks!

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    1. Regina, you could use turkey bacon and use milk instead of cream. That would eliminate some of the fat.

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  6. Ooo - love hearty soups like these! This recipe sounds wonderful Betty.

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  7. Made it last night and it is the BEST SOUP EVER!! Can't wait for some of the leftovers for lunch today :) btw - I used 8 oz of dried beans and was slightly generous with the other ingredients and it was perfect.

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    1. Thank you for letting us know that you tried this soup and liked it:) I have approx a bowl of soup left over. I will be sad once it's gone.

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