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.
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
How to Make It
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.
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.
I made this soup with left over baked ham. Added a little of the "ham fat" juice, omitted the celery and used celery salt. No beer, cilantro or oregano. (put chili powder on the side in case someone wanted some) added 1.5 cans of chicken broth and only one tsp.of the worcestershire. It was really good!! If it is too "watery" try adding some more broth.
i love beans & this was a great recipe with these tweeks, did not have oregano so used 1/2 as such italian seasoning. we do not drink so I did not have beer. I did not have celery
so left it out. after combining & simmering for 2 hours I thought this was too soupy for our tastes. I added instant potatoes to thicken to desired consistancy. along with the fried potatoes this came out a very hearty warming dish & he enjoyed every bite thanks so much.
I love soup and i love white beans, so naturally i thought i was going to love this soup. What a disappointment. This soup was too watery and had little flavor. There was too much oregano. There are so many good bean soups out there...skip this one.