• Servings 4 quarts
  • Prep 70 min
  • Cook 90 min
  • Cuisine
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Bean and Bacon Soup with Fresh Greens


  • 1 lb dried black beans
  • 3 quarts water or chicken stock
  • 8 slices bacon diced
  • large hand full of collard greens or kale, cleaned and cut into pieces
  • 3 cups chopped onions
  • 2 cups diced potatoes
  • 2 cups diced celery
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1 bay leaf
This a hearty stick to your ribs soup with beans, bacon and vegetables. This is not the stuff that you find in a can.

  • Combine beans and water in a stock pot.
  • Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour. Then drain
  • Fry bacon until crisp. Remove from skillet and add to soup pot.
  • Add the chicken stock. Add more stock if necessary
  • Cook onions in bacon drippings until soft.
  • Add to soup along with bacon drippings.
  • Add greens to soup.
  • Bring soup to a boil and simmer covered for 1 hour.
  • Add remaining ingredients.
  • Simmer until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes,
  • Remove bay leaf and serve.

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