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Great Northern Bean Soup

Photo: James Carrier
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Makes 15 cups; 6 to 8 servings

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.

Ingredients

  • 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
  • Salt

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  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.