February 20, 2022

Bean with bacon soup

Pot of bean with bacon soup with a ladle.

Bean with bacon soup is a classic canned soup that you can make easily at home. This simple soup is perfect for a cold winter or fall evening. 

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One of my favorite soups from childhood is canned bean with bacon soup. That, and split pea, were always my favorites. Now I like to make them using my own recipes. This bean with bacon soup is frugal, delicious, and hearty.

Bean with bacon soup is easy to make and doesn't require a lot of ingredients. I've made this soup with both thick cut bacon and regular cut bacon. Both will work well, but I use two strips more of regular bacon. 

I've made with soup with water and vegetable broth. It's flavorful enough to use the water, but the vegetable broth does add an extra boost of flavor. I like to use that when I have it on hand. Chicken broth would also work well if you prefer.

For the beans in the bean with bacon soup, you can use your preferred canned white beans. Navy beans are what are used in the original canned recipe and they are what I use here. But, you can use cannellini beans or great northern beans. I've made this with different white beans and it turns out delicious.

If you want to thicken the soup up a bit, you can mash up some of the beans with a fork before adding to the soup. Mash up about a third of a cup or so before stirring them into the soup.

Ladle lifting up a scoop of bean with bacon soup.

I add vegetables to this soup - carrots, celery, onions, and garlic. It makes it more hearty and gives it a lot of flavor. Plus, I just like to have vegetables in my soup like this.

Serve this soup with a loaf of crusty bread or your favorite dinner rolls, grilled cheese sandwiches, and/or a side salad for a complete meal. 

If you have leftovers of this soup, it makes for a delicious lunch. It's perfect for a cold day and easy to reheat on the stove or in a microwave. 

As with many soups, the flavors improve the next day. A big pot of soup is such a lovely thing to have around for the cold days of autumn and winter.

Bowl of bean with bacon soup with a side of bread.
Yield: 4-6 servings
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Bean with Bacon Soup

Bean with Bacon Soup

Bean with bacon soup is a classic canned soup that you can make easily at home. This simple soup is perfect for a cold winter or fall evening.


  • 4 slices of thick-cut bacon (or 6 slices regular)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, halved lengthwise and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (or water)
  • 3 cans (15.5 oz. each), white beans such as navy or cannellini
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a soup pot or Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Discard all but about 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat.
  2. Stir in the onion, celery, and carrot along with a good pinch of salt and a couple grinds of pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste, garlic, and bay leaf, and smoked paprika. Stir constantly to prevent burning and cook for another minute.
  4. Add the vegetable broth (or water) and stir well to de-glaze the bottom of the pot. Stir in the beans and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.
  5. Simmer the soup for about 20 minutes, or until the vegetables and beans are soft.
  6. Remove the bay leaf. Chop the bacon and stir it into the soup. Check for seasoning. Serve hot.
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Finished pot of bean with bacon soup.

This post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated in 2022 with a recipe card, new text, and more to improve reader experience.

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  1. I often add beans to my soup to make them much more filling and hearty. Beans are so cheap too.

  2. I too enjoy soup made with beans or lentils. Yours looks great, Amy.

  3. It looks really fresh and the colour looks so tempting

  4. Love this! Love bean soups this time of year and with bacon it would deb divine. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


  5. I love any soup with bacon in it!! So comforting!

  6. That does look like a very hearty soup. I like soups with bacon too. It's cold and raining here today - perfect soup weather! xx

  7. I love pretty much any and all soups! This sounds delicious - perfect for chilly weather!

  8. Hi Amy, growing up my mom would make a similar soup, forgot all about it till I saw this post, will be preparing this recipe for my lunches this week, looks delicious.

  9. Mmmm, you may already know this, but soup is my #1 favorite comfort food. I made a pasta e fagioli with bacon that has some similarities to this, and yours looks SO good. Perfection!

  10. This is such a classic. I love the smoked paprika in it!

  11. This soup looks super classic, delish and comfy. JUST YUM!

  12. The rich color makes my mouth water! It looks delicious and definitely something that I could make and put away to eat throughout the week. Love this inexpensive recipe! Thanks for sharing. :)


  13. I am a big fan of soup. I try to make a big pot every week in the winter months for my lunch at work. I love this bean with bacon soup, it sounds delicious.

  14. I think my husband would fall in love with this soup! What a great recipe. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday!

  15. Bacon! Bacon! Bacon! And beans!! Yum! Pinned :)

  16. Number one FAVE winter soup right here--I make it with smoked salmon too! SO good! Thanks for sharing to the Friday Frenzy!

  17. This is a very nutritious and comforting soup for chilly winter! Yum!

  18. This soup looks so comforting and flavorful, Amy. I'm seriously adding it to our menu for the week! Can't wait to try it, thanks for the recipe!

  19. You had me at bacon! Not sure how I've never tried this before, it definitely would be a huge hit here!

  20. This looks terrific! Tons of flavor, easy to make -- winner! Thanks so much.


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