On chilly weeknights, I gravitate toward one-pot soups and stews. To make them a complete meal, I toss in beans, as they not only add a creamy quality to the meal but are also a great source of protein and fiber.
However, as wholesome as beans are, they don't have much flavor on their own. That's why this recipe calls for the brilliant addition of bacon to provide meaty flavor and body to the broth. For a soul-warming soup that's also filling enough to be a stand-alone dinner, keep on reading. 4 strips bacon Serves 4-6.
1 large carrot, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 stalks celery, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 15-1/2 ounce cans great Northern beans, drained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1-1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 strips bacon