Made this for lunch this week... I know, it's not even cold yet and I've started the soup thing ;) it was so good! The original recipe @ http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/creamy-white-bean-and-bacon-soup-2.html called for dried cannellini beans, I skipped cooking the beans since I had leftover white beans from earlier this week. I also omitted the rosemary, just personal preference. Makes a hearty bean soup, it's a keeper!
Creamy White Bean and Bacon Soup~ my version!
Makes 6 servings
2 cans of white beans, drained
1 medium potato, peeled and cubed
5 strips of bacon, cut into tiny pieces
1 medium onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
4 cups chicken stock
1 tbsp. tomato paste
In a large stockpot, add the bacon and cook until brown and crispy. Remove and let drain on paper towels. Reserve 3 tablespoons bacon grease to saute onion, garlic, potato and carrots until vegetables start to get tender, about 5 minutes. Pour in the chicken stock and add the drained beans. Stir the tomato paste in until blended. Bring to a boil then cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with bacon pieces on the top.