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.
I made this for a soup/salad dinner and thought it was very good. I had added a stalk of chopped celery in with the peppers and onions. I had to cook longer than the recipe said in order to get the beans done. maybe next time I will try a crock pot and let it cook all day. will make again for sure.
Very good. I was a little pressed for time, so I didn't use dried beans. Instead, I used a can of pinto beans and a can light red kidney beans. I also added about 8 oz of kale. I eyeballed all the spices, and found it perfectly spiced. Will definitely make it again.
This is a great recipe, BUT BEWARE WHEN BLENDING. Do not blend this, or any, soup while it is hot. You need to let the 3 cups that you are going to blend cool down before blending, and then only blend about one cup at a time. Otherwise the pressure from the heat will blow the top off of your blender, burning you and making a mess in your kitchen! Hard to believe that they don't mention this in the recipe. Other than that warning, this soup has a delicious smoky flavor and nice texture. Very good!
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