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, shredded 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

5 from 5 votes
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.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 cups cooked navy beans , or 2 (16-ounce) cans rinsed and drained navy beans
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups chicken stock or broth, or broth


  • 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.


Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 905mg | Potassium: 569mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 19IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Robyn xo

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

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Robyn Stone is a cookbook author, wife, mom, and passionate home cook. Her tested and trusted recipes give readers the confidence to cook recipes the whole family will love. Robyn has been featured on Food Network, People, Southern Living, and more.

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  1. 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.

  2. Curious…. do we drain the bacon and onion or do we “pour” it in with the fat…… Sounds too good to be true? 🙂

    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.

  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!

  4. 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! 🙂

  5. Heck, I’M impressed, Robyn! Looks like a fantastic soup and my family loves all those flavors. Can’t wait to simmer a pot of my own. Thanks!