Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Slow Cooker Bean & Bacon Soup

Lynn at happier than a pig in mud posted this wonderful recipe recently and it looked so good that I just had to make it.  Lynn and her sous chef, Earl,  have some great recipes, which you really need to check out.  You can check out Lynn's recipe  here. 
The only thing that I did differently is to use my slow cooker.  I have a slow cooker that you can take off at the base & brown things on the stove top.  I wanted to get this soup ready earlier in the day & have it cook all afternoon.  Here's the slow cooker, slightly adapted version:

4 slices bacon
2-3 large carrots, peeled & chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
salt & pepper to taste
1 bay leaf
3 cans white beans (such as Great Northern), drained & rinsed
4 cups chicken broth
1 T. dried parsley

Fry bacon until crisp.  (I did mine in the microwave).  Remove & set aside.

Over medium heat, add 1 T. oil (if you cooked bacon in microwave, otherwise, use the bacon fat), and add carrots, celery & onion and saute' for about 7 minutes.  Add garlic & saute' about 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Add salt & pepper.

Add 2 cans beans, bay leaf,  and chicken  broth.  Cover the slow cooker & cook on low for 8 hours or on medium for 4-5 hours.

For the last 30 minutes,  uncover & remove bay leaf.  Mash the last can of beans & add to the slow cooker, along with the parsley.  Heat through.

Taste for seasoning.  As suggested by Lynn, I added some smoked salt that Michael Lee West, from Foodie Friday sent along with my give-away book that I won & it was wonderful in the soup!!

I am sharing with:

Mix It Up Monday!
Table Top Tuesday
Your Cozy Home Party
Wow Us Wednesday
Rock 'n Share Party
Full Plate Thursday
Thriving on Thursdays
Foodie Friday
Link & Greet Party
Seasonal Sundays


  1. How fun that you tried the soup Kitty and I'm glad you liked it! Good soup weather here today, cold and rainy:@)

  2. Sounds like good soup! The smoked salt also sounds good.

  3. Are you bringing me a bowl of this with some of your delicious bread???? I will supply my own butter. ;) Love and hugs.

  4. This just sounds sooo good. It's snowing outside and maybe that makes it more appealing??? YUUUM! My hubby loves anything and all things BEAN! (It's his nickname!)

  5. This soup looks delicious! I would love for you to share it at Kids in the Kitchen link up. We are looking for family friendly recipes and this would be perfect. So easy for kids to help mom prepare!

    We will have a new link up every Tues. March 6 will be a new round of link ups! Thanks so much! Carrie

  6. OH YUM!!! That looks DE-LISH! I am a new follower!

  7. I love soup, and bean and bacon is my dad's favorite soup. This sounds like it would be a big hit at my house. Thanks for passing along Lynn's recipe and showing us how to adapt it for a slow cooker. I appreciate you dropping by my party each week!

  8. Soup is a favorite of mine...this looks delicious!

  9. Looks delicious! I will try it! Come and follow me back I lost all my follower this week, Joann

  10. Hi Kitty,
    If I had this wonderful Soup going in the Slow Cooker then we could have those great S'More Brownies for dessert, oh yes! Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    Miz Helen

  11. This looks really tasty! I'm hosting a weekly blog carnival specifically for soups, stocks and chowders, every Sunday! I would love you to come and post this recipe. Just stop by my blog on Sunday - the link will be up!

    I hope to see you there:)


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