White Bean Soup comes together in minutes in this quick-fix recipe perfect for lunch or supper.

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Simple, quick meals have always been one of my weeknight staples. I love to start the slow cooker early in the morning and be able to enjoy a delicious home cooked meal with my family for supper while still being able to run here and there during the day. Slow cooked pot roasts, chicken, and pulled pork are some of my family’s favorites.


This week though, I had to think even more quickly to get a hot, delicious meal on the table for lunch! I had been deep into my morning work when my husband called and said he was coming home for lunch. Better yet, he would be home in about 15 minutes and needed to leave quickly for a meeting. He hadn’t been feeling well and just wanted something hot and homemade.

Yikes! Talk about pressure!

I knew a quick soup would be perfect.

My husband walked in the door to a pot full of soup being ladled up from the stove.

I think I impressed him.

To be honest, I think I impressed myself!

Here’s my quick and easy White Bean Soup with Bacon recipe. I think you will absolutely love it!

White Bean Soup with Bacon Recipe

White Bean Soup with Bacon makes a simple, quick and delicious lunch or supper that comes together in minutes. Get this favorite bean soup recipe you'll turn to time and again.
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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 4 slices bacon diced
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 2 cups cooked navy beans or 2 16-ounce cans rinsed and drained navy beans
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups chicken stock


  • Add bacon and onion to a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook until bacon is browned and onion is tender, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon.
  • Add navy beans into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Pour bacon and onions from skillet into the beans. Add thyme, black pepper and chicken stock.
  • Allow to simmer over medium heat for about 10 minutes.
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Robyn xo

This recipe is from the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2011.


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33 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. I am impressed! I don’t know if I would be able to pull something like this meal off so quickly, but I’m keeping this recipe on hand for the next time I need to!

  2. We make navy bean soup with ham (usually very much like Senate Bean Soup) all the time, but I never thought to make it with bacon! These are things we always have around the house, and this recipe is simmering on the stovetop as I type. 😀

    1. Just wanted to update, we make this soup on a regular basis now. We’ve always loved white bean soup, but we always had to plan ahead so that we have ham in the house. Now we can make it when the mood strikes! Using bacon is such a great idea, thank you! 🙂

  3. Awe…Robyn…that was nice of you to see us as part of your extended family! So glad to be a part of it!

    Definitely pinning this!

    1. If there is excessive drippings from the bacon, I’d recommend draining the majority of it off. I’ve found that most cooks off as I cook my onion.

  4. Am new to your website and am enjoying it immensely. Do you mind telling me what size slow cooker you have ;and if you don’t mind, the brand also? I am interested in purchasing one and want to be sure to get the right size etc.

  5. I found this recipe on your site a long time ago and have used it over and over again! It is so quick and simple and tastes so delicious! I always have the ingredients and sometimes I even dish it over rice, (my husband loves it that way.) Thanks for this great soup recipe!

  6. Sounds delicious.
    Another plus -white beans have more potassium than any other food I could find.
    It’s more than twice what an avocado has and way more than a banana.
    I run low on potassium often because of medicines I take due to cancer. I take a supplement, but if it dips really low eating it in a meal seems to bump it up quickly.

  7. My family loved this soup, and it was so easy! I made some minor adjustments- I replaced one can of beans with canned chicken and garnished the soup with parmesan cheese. Thanks for a terrific recipe I will make again.

  8. Snowed bound here in PA… Made this for dinner last night..Only changes I made, was to add some carrots and garlic when I cooked the onions… Was totally Yummy… Grandma Cheryl Thanks You…

  9. Made the soup with northern beans and peruvian beans no can from scratch and added chicken tigh meat it took a little longer but it was delicious mmm

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