Creamy Great Northern Bean Soup with Bacon


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Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 3 strips thick cut bacon

  • 1 large white onion, ¼” dice (about 2 cups)

  • 1 rib celery, ¼” dice (about ½ cup)

  • 1 carrot, peeled and ¼” dice (about ½ cup)

  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced (about 1 tablespoon)

  • 2 bay leaves

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 15-ounce cans of organic Green Valley Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed

  • 4 cups chicken stock, low sodium if possible

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

Steps

  1. Cut the bacon into ½ wide strips. Tip: if the bacon is partially or fully frozen, this is much easier.

  2. In a large heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp.

  3. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon, leaving the fat in the pan, and place on a paper towel lined plate to drain. Set aside until needed.

  4. Add the chopped onion, celery and carrot to the pot and cook over medium-low until cooked through and tender, about 10 minutes.

  5. Add the garlic, thyme, bay leaves, salt and pepper and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  6. Add drained beans and chicken stock.

  7. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for ½ hour until the beans are very tender.

  8. Remove and discard the bay leaves.

  9. Puree the soup until smooth with a hand/immersion blender or a standard blender. Caution: when using a standard blender, do not fill the container more than half full, remove the vent from the lid and cover lightly with a towel to allow steam to escape.

  10. Taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary.

  11. Serve hot, garnished with the cooked bacon and chopped parsley, if desired.


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