A great winter soup.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Boil the beans in 9 cups of the water and then let sit for one hour. Drain and set aside.

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  • Cook the bacon to your desired texture (it can be soft or crisp, whatever you prefer) and drain except for 1/4 cup grease. Coarsely chop the bacon.

  • Add the onions and celery to the reserved grease and bacon and saute until soft, do not drain. Add the chicken base or cubes, 4 cups water, beans, bay leaf, salt, pepper, and cloves, and simmer for 2 hours.

  • Stir in the tomatoes with their juice. Serve.

Nutrition Facts

630.7 calories; 26.6 g protein; 52.2 g carbohydrates; 51.5 mg cholesterol; 987.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2003
My family really liked this soup! Very heart, good flavor. I loved to use my pressure cooker, so I cooked the beans for 8 minutes, and let sit for 20 minutes and then drained them. I used 4 cans of chicken broth and I cup of water. I used all the ingredients as listed and followed the directions, except for substituting the chicken brother for the 9 cups of water. I cooked the soup at high pressure for 20 minutes. It was quick and delicious. This recipe is a keeper. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/23/2003
I love bacon but found this recipe had too much (if there is such a thing) otherwise very tasty. Read More
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192 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 128
  • 4 star values: 47
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2003
My family really liked this soup! Very heart, good flavor. I loved to use my pressure cooker, so I cooked the beans for 8 minutes, and let sit for 20 minutes and then drained them. I used 4 cans of chicken broth and I cup of water. I used all the ingredients as listed and followed the directions, except for substituting the chicken brother for the 9 cups of water. I cooked the soup at high pressure for 20 minutes. It was quick and delicious. This recipe is a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2003
who can resist bacon! we all loved it. It freezes great and worked well with my leftover turkey stock from thanksgiving. I followed the recipe exactly and then added 1 cup of white wine and 3/4 cup of heavy cream during the last 20 minutes. It tasted even more fabulous! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/08/2003
This was good. I doubled the recipe except for the tomatoes (which I pureed in the blender with about 2 cups of the beans) and bacon. Next time I'll use the full amount of both and reserve about 1/3 of the bacon to use as a garnish. I used kitchen sheers to cut up the bacon prior to cooking. Also, I didn't have ground cloves so I tied 4 whole ones into a piece of cheese cloth and that seemed just right flavor wise. Voted the new favorite by the kiddo. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2005
I've made this about three times now and it's been delicious every time. The first time I used canned Great Northerns. The second time I used a full 16 oz. bag of navy beans. The third time about 1/2 a bag. All were very good but I liked the last batch really well. I like to melt a slice of Provolone on top. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2003
Great soup. I substituted Great Northern Beans for Navy beans. It was very good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2011
This is basically the same recipe I have used for many years except that I only use 5 or 6 slices of thick sliced bacon and I also add diced carrots and potatoes. Also if you want to make your beans turn out very tender don't add anything salty or oily until the beans are almost finished cooking. One more thing... I have eaten beans of one type or another almost everyday of my life and I have NEVER discarded the water I soak my beans in because you lose SO much flavor. Rinse the beans in a colander and use the soaking water. Trust me - it makes a huge difference. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2007
This is the best bean soup ever! Up here in the Northwest we are big soup fans in the cold winter months and this soup is fantastic comfort food. It was easy too. I will have to double the recipe next time because there were no leftovers! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/23/2003
I love bacon but found this recipe had too much (if there is such a thing) otherwise very tasty. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/11/2007
Used great northern beans; otherwise made recipe as stated. Used an immersion blender to smooth out the texture and to thicken the soup. Great easy recipe for a cold night's dinner! Read More
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