Photo: James Carrier
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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews


January 05, 2016
Loved this recipe! Used our holiday ham instead of bacon, omitted the beer, and added all the other ingredients. Was delicious; will definitely make it again!

thissalantine's Review

March 26, 2013

neaken's Review

October 02, 2012

RachelShaffer's Review

January 24, 2012
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.

marie888's Review

September 17, 2011
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.

maryfsu1's Review

February 23, 2009
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.

LadyJay's Review

November 10, 2008
A great soup, made it this weekend and my hubby Loved it. I'm not a big soup eater, but it was so good I took some to work today for lunch.