Bacon and White Bean Soup

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Bacon and White Bean Soup

  • Author: Louisa Clements, Living Lou
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 43 minutes
  • Total Time: 58 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6
  • Category: Soup


This hearty and delicious soup is ready in under 45 minutes and will become a staple in your kitchen! Made with white navy beans, bacon and flavoured with fresh thyme, this simple recipe is packed with flavour.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 slices bacon, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2 ribs of celery, diced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans white navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme


Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add olive oil and bacon, cook, stirring frequently until bacon until lightly crisp, about 4-6 minutes. Remove from the pot with a slotted spoon and set aside on paper towels. Reserve 2 tbsp of bacon fat in the pot, discarding the rest.

Add carrots, onion, celery and salt, season with freshly cracked pepper. Cook for 5-7 minutes, until carrots have started to soften and onion has browned. Add garlic and cook for another minute until very fragrant.

Add ¾ of the bacon back to the pot (reserve the rest for garnish). Add beans, chicken broth and thyme. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce to low, simmer, partially covered for 30 minutes until vegetables have softened.

Remove thyme sprigs and transfer half of the soup to a blender. Blend until smooth. Return blended soup to pot and stir. (This step can be done using an immersion blender).

Serve with remaining bacon sprinkled on top.

Keywords: navy beans, soup, bacon