An easy, quick and hearty soup that's great in winter. Tasty with garlic bread or melba toast and even better the next day. You can adjust all the seasonings to personal taste.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
5
Yield:
4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large pot over medium high heat, saute the bacon until crisp. Drain the fat, leaving about 2 tablespoons in the pot. Crumble the bacon, reserving for later for garnish. Add the onions, carrots, red bell pepper, celery and garlic to the pot and saute in the bacon fat for 10 minutes.

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  • Stir in the sugar, ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, bay leaf, thyme and Worcestershire sauce. Now pour in just a small amount of chicken stock to deglaze the pan. (Note: This removes all of the caramelized particles from the bottom of the pan.)

  • Add the beans and the rest of the stock and continue to cook over medium high heat for 10 to 15 minutes, or until all vegetables are tender.

  • In a food processor or blender, puree 3 cups of soup at a time, adjusting seasoning if necessary. Return all pureed soup to the pot, stir in the parsley and crumbled bacon and simmer for 10 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts

385 calories; protein 17.3g 35% DV; carbohydrates 50.4g 16% DV; fat 13.4g 21% DV; cholesterol 19mg 6% DV; sodium 315.6mg 13% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2010
Loved this tho' I did change it up a bit by using the immersion blender on only about half of this leaving the rest of all that beautiful color and texture of the vegetables alone. If prepared as written this is a pureed soup that wouldn't have appealed to me nearly as much. It's incredible to me what a robustly flavorful soup can be had so easily in so short a time and with so few basic ingredients. The bacon garlic red peppers and thyme each have a signicant contribution and all the flavors meld so well including the odd Worcestershire sauce! I had some chopped rotisserie chicken in the freezer that I tossed in at the end - really delicious (especially if you don't puree the whole potful)! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
08/20/2005
I found the celery and onion taste far overpowered the bean flavor (and I used 4 extra ounces of bean). Just not to my liking and alot of time cutting chopping saute and puree! Read More
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61 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 43
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2010
Loved this tho' I did change it up a bit by using the immersion blender on only about half of this leaving the rest of all that beautiful color and texture of the vegetables alone. If prepared as written this is a pureed soup that wouldn't have appealed to me nearly as much. It's incredible to me what a robustly flavorful soup can be had so easily in so short a time and with so few basic ingredients. The bacon garlic red peppers and thyme each have a signicant contribution and all the flavors meld so well including the odd Worcestershire sauce! I had some chopped rotisserie chicken in the freezer that I tossed in at the end - really delicious (especially if you don't puree the whole potful)! Read More
(24)
Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2006
Delicious! I love beans but my boyfriend is not the biggest fan so I added more bacon for a compromise - doubled the amount actually. As I was cooking it I was thinking that there were a lot of vegetables in there and when I added the beans and saw the ratio I was worried that the veggies would overpower the beans' taste. But it came out wonderful: the tastes blend so well that you actually can't pick out any of their individual flavours. After blending the soup gets a wonderful babyfood-like quality that makes it so very comforting. When it was over I was wishing I could lick the bowl clean - a 5 star indicator! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2004
really great tasting soup. even better the second day Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2010
This soup is awesome. Nice and spicy but not too spicy. I didn't blend it at all because we like a chunky soup and I also added some corn. I would certainly make this one again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2008
This is a delicious soup. Changes I made: I added a lot more bacon. This makes a lot of soup so I used a whole package of bacon. I used less parsley (Italian) than called for about 1/3 cup. Depending on your taste you may want to add a bit of salt. The carrots and red bell pepper do add some sweetness. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/21/2003
delicious! wonderfully easy to make. i cook my bacon in the oven though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2008
This soup is unbelievably good! The whole family kiddos too absolutely loved this- that is a rarity in this house! I was short on veggies only had one onion and two stalks celery. I doubled the recipe anyways and added an extra can of beans. I mixed three cans of beans; black beans mixed beans and cannelini beans. Everything else I did as called for in the recipe and we served it with some crusty bread! Scrumptious! Thanks a ton for this one! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2011
Wow! A pretty quick delicious meal we enjoyed after a busy day of packing... it was easy to throw together with things I had on hand and am trying to use up. I halved the recipe and it made about 3 servings as a main dish (served simply with homemade cornbread muffins). I realize now I forgot the bay leaf and omitted the sugar. I also used white navy beans as it's what I had in my pantry. I followed the direction of Naples and only pureed about half the mixture as I prefer to have some of the texture of the beans and veggies. YUM!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2011
Very Good!! I basically made half of this recipe and now I wish I'd made the whole thing. I pureed half and might only puree about 1/3 next time. This smells wonderful while it's simmering away. Will make again!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/20/2005
I found the celery and onion taste far overpowered the bean flavor (and I used 4 extra ounces of bean). Just not to my liking and alot of time cutting chopping saute and puree! Read More
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