Great Northern Bean Soup

Great Northern Bean SoupRecipe
Photo: James Carrier

The classic winter soup recipe, Great Northern Bean, is filled with hearty beans, bacon for flavor, and an assortment of vegetables and spices for a hearty meal that's sure to warm you up.

Makes 15 cups; 6 to 8 servings


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1/2 pound bacon, diced
1 onion (1/2 lb.), peeled and diced
3/4 cup diced celery
1 carrot (1/4 lb.), peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 tablespoon minced fresh jalapeño chili
2 quarts fat-skimmed chicken broth
1 1/2 cups beer (12 oz.)
3/4 teaspoon coarse-ground pepper
2 teaspoons Worcestershire
6 cups drained canned or cooked Great Northern or other small white beans
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


1. In a 5- to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat, frequently stir bacon until almost crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Discard all but about 2 tablespoons fat. Add onion, celery, carrot, and garlic.

2. Stir often until vegetables are limp, about 15 minutes. Add oregano, chili, broth, beer, pepper, Worcestershire, and beans. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer to blend flavors, 20 to 30 minutes. Add cilantro, then salt to taste.

Created date

December 2004

Nutritional Information

Calories 370
Caloriesfromfat 18 %
Protein 26 g
Fat 7.4 g
Satfat 2.4 g
Carbohydrate 48 g
Fiber 12 g
Sodium 257 mg
Cholesterol 9 mg