Bean with Bacon Soup

February  5, 2015
4 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

This soup brings back childhood memories of bean with bacon soup on a cold winter's day. Hearty and filling, this soup is packed with flavor your family will love. —ChefAbilities

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup dried lima beans
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped (substitute 1/2 tsp. dried)
  • 8 strips hickory smoked bacon
  • 2 carrots peeled, 1/4 inch dice
  • 1 medium yellow onion, 1/4 inch dice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 32 ounces chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons hickory Liquid Smoke
  • 3 large kale leaves, stripped off stalks, coarsely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • garlic croutons
  1. Cook lima beans in the water with bay leaves, thyme and oregano until almost tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
  2. Fry the bacon and drain on paper towels, coarsely chop. Reserve half of the bacon drippings in the pan and saute carrots and onion until the onion is translucent. Add the garlic and cook until tender, being careful not to burn.
  3. Add the sauteed vegetables, along with the drippings, chicken broth, 3/4 of the chopped bacon and Liquid Smoke to the lima beans. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer on low until beans are cooked through and soup is thick. Remove bay leaves. Add chopped kale and cook until tender.
  4. Serve with garlic croutons and remaining chopped bacon as garnish.
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5 Reviews

ChefAbilities January 7, 2017
I'd try navy beans then. Let me know how it turns out if you try it!
Ipanema G. January 7, 2017
My husband doesn't like lima beans. May I substitute another kind of bean?
ChefAbilities November 23, 2016
Thanks for making it! I hope you liked it!
ChefAbilities November 23, 2016
Thanks for making it! Hoperfect you liked it!
Patricia J. November 16, 2016
Sounds just like the soup my mom used to make in winter! Instead she used the ham bone from the Christmas ham ;-) I am going to make this tonight as we are having a 'cold front' here in South Florida!