Posted in Soup, Vegetables

Black Bean and Bacon Soup

It’s been too long since I have blogged a recipe and I am so sorry for that.  Hopefully, we wil be getting back to our routine and delicious new recipes will soon be on the way.  In the meantime, I made this last weekend and is worthy of a posting.  Enjoy!

Black Bean and Bacon Soup

Serves 6

Estimated Values per Serving:

Calories: 165                        Fat: 2 grams

Black Bean and Bacon Soup


1 bag (16 ounces) dried black beans

6 cups water

8 slices of turkey bacon

½ cup celery – chopped

1 cup onion – chopped

2 cloves garlic – minced

½ cup carrots – chopped

4 cups ham broth*

2 – 3 cups water

2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon liquid smoke

*You may substitute chicken broth for ham broth.

Pepper to taste


  1. Rinse beans, place in a large bowl and soak overnight.  As a quick method, you can boil the water and pour over the beans and let sit for about 1 hour.  Drain and rinse beans and set aside.
  2. Coat a large pot with cooking spray and heat on medium high.  Fry the bacon for 5 – 7 minutes until crispy.  Remove bacon and cool.
  3. While bacon is cooling, add celery and onion and sauté for about 5 minutes until soft and slightly browned.  Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
  4. Chop cooled bacon.  Add carrots, chopped bacon, broth, 2 cups water, beans, cilantro, bay leaf and liquid smoke.  Simmer for about 1 hour.
  5. Taste soup and add pepper or more water if it has become to thick.
  6. Serve hot with a little grated cheese or sour cream.




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