If you’re looking for a hot, hearty, comforting meal, this Easy Bean and Bacon Soup is sure to satisfy.
I love a good hot soup, especially during the cold and wet winter months. I always have some homemade roasted beef broth stored away in my freezer for when I want to make an easy soup like this one. You can certainly use a store bought beef broth, but if you have your own homemade liquid gold, the result will be that much more amazing. I’m not much one for a real chunky soup, however. I’m the same way with chili. I prefer a thicker broth, which is why I get my potato masher out and squish everything up real nice before serving. Its still soupy, just not as chunky.
Did you notice my Harry & David cup? Its my most favorite mug and I have my morning cup of coffee in it almost every day. Turns out it works quite well with a comforting serving of a hearty soup too! I absolutely love bacon in soups, but I can’t stand it when the bacon gets all floppy and gross. For this particular soup, I hold off on adding the crisp bacon until the very end so that it stays crisp, but you still get that delicious bacon flavor because you cook your veggies in the bacon grease. YUM!
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- 8 ounces bacon ends and pieces cooked
- 1 small onion diced
- 2 carrots chopped
- 1 stalk celery chopped
- 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed (I used Trader Joe's Cuban Black Beans)
- 1 14 ounce can plum tomatoes, with juice (I used half of a 28 ounce can)
- 1 1/2 cups beef broth
- 1 teaspoon salt
- pepper as desired
- Cook bacon according to post instructions. Set cooked bacon aside on a paper towel to drain and reserve a tablespoon of the bacon drippings.
- Saute the onion, celery, and carrot in the bacon grease over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until slightly brown, 5-8 minutes.
- Add all remaining ingredients except for the bacon. Cook over medium heat 20-30 minutes until the veggies are nice and tender.
- Use a potato masher to mash the soup. This will thicken it up and make it more stew-like.
- Top with bacon.