This is a great base for bean with bacon soup. Yes, the ingredients don't lend much to flavor but that's where the creativity kicks in. Now, I would never use water for my soups. I always use broth (chicken, beef, veggie or fish if seafood soup). I also added 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme, 1 bay leaf and let it simmer for 20 minutes to ensure the flavors were extracted from the herbs. I also added 4 cans of beans and used 32 oz. of chicken broth. I had a parmigiano-reggiano rind of cheese in my freezer waiting for this very moment that I made a soup that needed extra flavor. I let that steep in the soup to flavor it even more. I pureed about half the soup to get the thick, creamy consistency. This soup was so incredibly flavorful and comforting. Check out my blog and see the results. http://chefjencowen.wordpress.com/
Bean and Bacon Soup
Lightly sautéed veggies and crisp bits of bacon are combined with canned beans to make an easy soup that takes away the chill on a cold winter day. Change the types of canned beans and vegetables used to make all kinds of interesting variations on the theme.
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- 4 strips bacon
- 1 large carrot, chopped (about ¾ cup)
- 2 stalks celery, chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 15 ½-ounce cans great Northern beans, drained
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- In a large Dutch oven or saucepan, fry the bacon until crisp. Remove and drain on paper towels. Let cool, chop, and set aside. Over medium heat, add the carrot to the pan drippings in the Dutch oven and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the celery, onion, and garlic, stirring well and cooking for 3 minutes more. Add the beans and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to low. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Uncover and, with a potato masher or large slotted spoon, partially mash the bean mixture until it thickens slightly. Stir in the parsley, salt, pepper, and bacon. Serve hot.
Tip: You can substitute lima, cannellini, or borlotti beans for the great Northern beans in this recipe.
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