Slow Cooked Bean With Bacon Soup

My dad loves bean with bacon soup. It is one of his favorite comfort foods when he is sick. My mom always tries to keep a few cans of bean with bacon soup on hand just for my dad.

Bean with bacon soup is actually one of the few canned soups that I remember eating as a kid. We did not eat much canned soup, but bean with bacon soup was one canned soup we often had in the cupboard.

I have never really been a fan of canned soup though. Even as a kid I did not really enjoy it. Yes I would eat it, but I never really liked it.

I have always preferred homemade soup and bean with bacon soup is no exception. The homemade version so much better than the canned version. It is so easy and inexpensive to make, and tastes so much better.

And big bowl of this is perfect for a cold day.

This post linked to Frugal Fridays.

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  1. I LOVE this post! My Dad and I had Bean with Bacon soup (from a can) every Sunday after church when I was growing up. I think I loved it because he did. I wish he were still here so we could enjoy a bowl. I’m going to try your version this week. It sounds delicious!

  2. That’s funny! Bean with Bacon Soup is one of the only canned soups I ate as a kid, too! I remember it fondly–although I also remember it wasn’t all that great! As an adult, and a cook, I knew I could make it taste better at home. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Kids will love this, a half pound of bacon could really make a difference.

  4. How funny for me to find this in my in-box today! I was just at the food store last night and I almost picked up a can of Bean with Bacon soup. I wondered if I could find a homemade version and decided against purchasing the canned soup!

    Can’t wait to try this!

  5. I forgot to mention….I love your dishes! Would you mind sharing the maker?

    • @Alison, Those are made by the same company that makes fiestaware, in fact I think they are in the same line as fiestaware. They are part of the diner collection. I have fiestaware as my main dishes and love them. Last year I found the diner collection on sale for a really good price and picked up just a couple of pieces to add to my main dishes. I got the blue and red trim because they match the fiestaware colors that I use as my main dishes, but they had several other colors available. I found mine on sale at Macy’s and then used a 20% off coupon. They are not cheap, but they are sturdy and really nice. I love them!

  6. I am totally going to make this. I love beans at Cracker barrel and these remind me of them.


  7. Yum! I haven’t had a homemade bean with bacon, but I can only imagine how divinely better this is than canned. :)

  8. I made this for supper tonight! Totally awesome!!! Made cornbread on the side, because I’m from Oklahoma, too, and any kind of beans should require cornbread… :)

  9. Karen Osmon says:

    Lynn, how much home cooked beans equal the three cans of canned beans? I can’t wait to try this recipe but want to cook my own beans because of the sodium content on the canned.

  10. In order to be any good, that canned bean with bacon soup needs milk added & not water.

    Beans are great, as so many ways they can be prepared & mixed — a pot of black bean mix soup simmering on the stove right now.


    • yes! i totally agree. (i didn’t know if anyone besides me made it that way) and the picture looked rather watery… @Karen what would i do to make a “creamier” version of this soup? substitute the broth with milk or what???

  11. Theresa says:

    This sounds delicious! Just added it to my menu for this week.


  12. Tamsyn says:

    I just made this, and have duly posted your link on facebook. I should have made cornbread, too, because it only makes enough for two without it, haha! Quick dinner for me tomorrow, yaay! I just browned the chopped bacon and onion together in the soup pot about 10 minutes and eliminated the extra oil. Then added the beans and all the rest with some salt and pepper and let it simmer for about 20 more minutes while I watered my plants. Thanks so much for the yummy meal! 😀

  13. another question, what size of can of chicken broth? the big (like 48oz-ish) can, or the small (soup sized) can?

  14. what would happen if the molasses were left out? Sounds like a yummy meal my roommate may enjoy but she can’t have molasses. Thanks!

  15. Christine says:

    My daughter can’t have dairy products. Could I use rice milk? Or something else? I LOVE Bean and Bacon soup and would definitely like to make this.

  16. Catherine Lee says:

    Christine – you could leave the milk out completely and use a potato masher to mash up a little bit of the beans (right in the crockpot) until it is the consistency you want. I never add milk and always us this method to thicken up bean soups.

    Lynn – this sounds like a good recipe. I will try this soon. I haven’t ever sweetened up my beans in soup before and it sounds yummy, like bean soup meets baked beans….LOL Thanks for all the great ideas and recipes.

  17. regular molasses? blackstrap molasses?

    • I use regular molasses because that it what I usually have, but I think blackstrap would probably work also.

      • I believe black strap molasses has less sugar (but more iron) so you might want to add a little sugar if you use it. I tried making pork n beans with blackstrap, and they weren’t quite right because of this.


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