Bean with Bacon Soup

Bean with Bacon Soup is a knockoff of the popular Campbell’s soup, which includes vegetables in a tasty broth.

Bean with Bacon Soup

Bean with Bacon Soup

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Welcome back to blogging friends posting #BacktoSchoolRecipes!

Today I want to share with you a recipe I did to sort of decode the Campbell’s Bean with Bacon soup I loved as a kid. I have always loved ham and beans, but the bean with bacon soup has that sort of weird taste that isn’t quite like that, probably because it has a little bit of tomato  flavor in it. My usual beans are mostly flavored with mirepoix and ham, and we serve it with chopped onion and corn bread. I also make my ham and beans with Great Northern beans usually.

And when I set out to make this soup,  I’d been kvetching a little bit because the kind of beans in the Campbell’s version are navy beans or pea beans. And that can  change the texture a little bit. Also the soup has a bit of creamy bean  texture which is best represented by adding in some canned refried beans (Unless you cook your beans from scratch,  which you can do if you like).

The soup actually turned out quite good, so it should be perfect to pop into a lunch thermos if you have one of those.

Bean with Bacon SoupBe sure to join me tomorrow when I post my recipe for Cranberry Pecan Granola, which is perfect for snacking on with lunch or after school, as well as tucking into some yogurt.

Until then-


Bean with Bacon Soup

Bean with Bacon Soup

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Bean with Bacon Soup

  • 3/4 cup finely diced carrot
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons bacon drippings or olive oil
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans navy beans
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley


  1. Saute the carrot,  onion, and garlic in bacon drippings or olive oil until onions  soften.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes.

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5 responses

  1. I don’t think I ever had bean and bacon soup. After reading this recipe, I will have to give it a try. There are a couple of additions that really drew me in. The liquid smoke is a great way to give this a different flavor and, like Wendy, I think the addition of refried beans is great. This would make a perfect lunch for school or for any time.

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