White-Bean Soup with Peppers and Bacon

White-Bean Soup with Peppers and Bacon Recipe
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Yield:

8 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 267
Caloriesfromfat 30 %
Fat 9 g
Satfat 3.2 g
Monofat 3.8 g
Polyfat 1.3 g
Protein 13.6 g
Carbohydrate 33.8 g
Fiber 5.9 g
Cholesterol 9 mg
Iron 3.6 mg
Sodium 479 mg
Calcium 87 mg

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups dried navy beans
5 bacon slices
2 cups chopped red bell pepper
2 cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped carrot
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 (16-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

Preparation

Sort and wash beans; place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; bring to a boil, and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain beans.

Cook the bacon in pan over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble and set aside. Add bell pepper and the next 8 ingredients (bell pepper through minced garlic) to drippings in pan; sauté 10 minutes or until browned. Stir in the broth, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add beans. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour or until beans are tender.

Place 3 cups of the bean mixture in a blender, and process until smooth. Return the pureéd mixture to pan. Stir in the bacon and parsley.

Note: This soup will freeze well for up to two months. Pour into an airtight container, leaving enough room for expansion (usually an inch or two at the top). To reheat, thaw completely in the refrigerator; then place contents in a saucepan over low heat, adding some liquid if necessary.

Martha Condra and Jill Melton, M.S., R.D.,

Cooking Light

January 2000
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