Creamy White Bean and Bacon Soup
Ingredients you will need:
- 2 cups of dried cannellini beans
- 5 strips of bacon, cut into tiny pieces
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 tbsp. (or more) of fresh rosemary, chopped
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1 tbsp. tomato paste
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Soak your beans overnight covered in water. Drain the next day and set aside.
- In a large stockpot, add the bacon to the pan and cook until bacon pieces are brown and crispy. Remove and let drain on a paper towel.
- If there’s a lot of bacon grease in the pan, dump out all but 3 tbsp. of it.
- Saute onion, garlic, and carrots in the bacon grease until vegetables start to get tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the rosemary and cook for an addition 1 minute.
- Gently pour in the chicken stock and add the drained beans. Whisk the tomato paste in until all has dispersed and incorporated into the soup.
- Bring mixture up to a boil then cover and let simmer gently for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- When the soup is ready, carefully use your immersion blender and gently pulse the bean mixture until a desired creamy texture is achieved. You see whole beans in my picture that’s because I gently pulsed and left some beans whole because I wanted texture in my soup. You’re more than welcome to blend the entire mixture to be more of a puree consistency. If you’re worried about blending too much, you can always ladle out a few scoopfuls of beans, blend the soup, then add the beans back in.
- Serve hot with bacon pieces on top.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.