My kids have never tasted Campbell’s soup. I quit buying soup in a can at the intersection of “dang there’s a ton of crap in this little can” and “wow I can make soup that tastes better than this” and have never looked back. My all time favorite soup as a kid was bean with bacon from Campbell’s. I can remember sitting in a high chair eating it and then having it for an a snack after cross country ski races. Seriously I loved that soup. So, since we don’t buy soup in a can I have had to come up with a replacement that leaves out modified food starch, MSG and natural smoke flavor. I think this recipe passes the test. Actually it’s better. I am submitting it for Souper Sunday over at Kahakai Kitchen you should seriously check out the soup selections Debbie posts on Sundays.

Bean with Bacon soup–6 hour version

1 pound dried white beans navy or small white
4 carrots, chopped
1 carrot, grated
1 pound bacon- try to get the best bacon you can afford
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup roasted red peppers, chopped
2 teaspoons dried oregano–regular will do, Greek oregano tastes better
1 tablespoon dried chives
2 teaspoons sage
salt to taste
pepper to taste

rinse and soak beans according to the package
once soaked slowly simmer beans on medium low adding water as necessary
after 1 hour add the carrots
after 3 hours fry up the bacon when it’s crisp remove from the pan and drain the drippings
add the chopped onion to the pan and cook over medium heat until soft and brown
meanwhile snip the bacon into bite sized pieces
when the onion is done cooking add it and the bacon to the pot
deglaze the skillet with a cup of water then add that to the pot as well
add the dried herbs stir well
continue cooking and adding water as necessary
I like my soup thick so I don’t add a lot of water but you may add as much as you desire
at this point depending on how high your heat has been the beans may be done but will probably require at least another hour
This is when I like to add the salt some people add it early on or when the beans are done but I do like to cook the beans for a while with salt
if they are done before you are ready to eat simply keep them warm on a very low burner adding water as needed
before serving taste and add salt and pepper as needed