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White-Bean Soup with Bacon and Herbs
© Petrina Tinslay

White-Bean Soup with Bacon and Herbs

  • ACTIVE: 30 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 2 HRS Plus overnight soaking
  • SERVINGS: 12
  • HEALTHY
  • MAKE-AHEAD

A light broth loaded with chunky Great Northern beans and topped with a sprinkling of bacon, this soup was inspired by the caldo gallego (a Spanish white-bean soup) that chef Jose Garces serves.

  1. 1 1/4 pounds thick-sliced bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch strips
  2. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 1 Spanish onion, finely chopped
  4. 1 large carrot, finely diced
  5. 2 celery ribs, finely diced
  6. 4 garlic cloves, minced
  7. 1 fresh bay leaf
  8. 2 teaspoons chopped thyme
  9. 2 teaspoons chopped rosemary
  10. 1 pound Great Northern beans, soaked overnight and drained
  11. 10 cups chicken stock
  12. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. In a large soup pot, cook the bacon over moderate heat, stirring, until browned and crisp, about 7 minutes. Drain, reserving the fat and bacon separately.
  2. Heat the olive oil in the soup pot. Add the onion, carrot and celery and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, about 8 minutes. Stir in the garlic, bay leaf and 1 teaspoon each of the chopped thyme and rosemary and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the drained beans, stock and 3 tablespoons of the reserved bacon fat and bring to a boil. Simmer the soup over moderately low heat until the beans are tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Discard the bay leaf and stir in the remaining thyme and rosemary. Season the soup with salt and pepper and transfer to shallow bowls. Garnish the soup with the bacon and serve.
Make Ahead The soup and bacon can be refrigerated separately for up to 3 days. Recrisp the bacon before serving.

Suggested Pairing

Bright, citrusy Albariño.

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