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Bean with Bacon and Celery Soup

I used to buy cream of celery soup and would mix it with bean with bacon soup.  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, 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. Approximately 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


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

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

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

  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?

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

  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.

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

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

  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.

    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.

  8. I have made this soup twice now. I LOVE it! It's the best bean with bacon soup I have ever eaten!!! Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe!

  9. Happy you love this soup. We do too.😊


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