Monday, October 12, 2009

Bacon and Bean Soup with Kale

Bacon and Bean Soup


Are you sitting down? Well, of course you are, you're on your computer aren't you? Except you know what, at my husband's place of work, in an effort to get people to lose weight, they have placed some of the computers at stations with treadmills! I think that's a wonderful idea, but it's kind of sad too, to think that we have come to that level of obesity. So, technically I guess you could be on your computer and standing up, walking or running!

So, anyway, the reason you should be sitting is because if you look carefully at the above soup, you'll notice something odd. Something you don't see often (never) on this blog. Yep, lima beans. See, I'm making an effort to use up pantry and freezer items. And in my pantry I found a bag of baby limas. They were organic, so I know I bought them, but when? And better yet, why??

Waste not, want not and all that, I used them. And guess what, this soup was great! I followed my basic bean soup formula, and added some kale. But what really set this soup over the top was two things. One, the bacon. The bacon was from a local farm and it was unlike any other bacon that I've ever had. It was unbelievably smokey. Seriously, I opened up my fridge and it smelled like a smokehouse. And two...my chili pepper vinegar. Oh yes. I served the soup with the vinegar bottle nearby and with a generous drizzling, it was perfect. I believe that chili pepper vinegar is going to be my most favorite condiment ever! I'm making a black bean soup today, just to use more chili pepper vinegar. And I'm serving it with collard greens..again...just to use more chili pepper vinegar. I am in vinegar love, and lima bean like.

Bacon and Bean Soup with Kale
Serves 6-8

2 carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 large onion, diced
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 lb dried baby limas, rinsed and sorted
Fresh ground black pepper
1/2 cup smokey market bacon, diced
1 bunch kale, leaves chopped, (about 4 cups)
chili pepper vinegar (for serving)

Soak beans over night in 8 cups of water in slow cooker. In the morning, add enough water to bring it back up to about 8 cups (I don't throw out my bean soaking liquid, but if you do, add 8 cups fresh water). Add carrots, celery, onion, parsley, black pepper and bacon. Cook on low 10-12 hours. During the last hour, add the kale and salt to taste. Serve with chili pepper vinegar.

23 comments:

Joy said...

When I was in college, I worked in one of the dorm dining halls (198something). We used kale as a garnish on the food lines. Someone tried to tell us the kale was edible. We were like, "Nahhh, you can't eat that!"

Mari at Once Upon a Plate said...

Pam, It looks delicious, healthful ~ and that smokey bacon puts it right over the top. I usually add a teeny bit of vinegar to soups like this, but using your chili vinegar is brilliant!

Good for you for utilizing what is on hand. I've been attempting to do the same thing with clearing the pantry and freezer. A win-win situation ~ it is easy on the budget, and avoiding waste is good for my conscience too.

Excellent photo ~ it makes me want to go get a spoon. :)

Stash said...

There was some Tuscan black cabbage at USGM this weekend but I didn't get any. Now I'm kicking myself. It's a variety of kale with large green-black leaves and a deep flavor similar to broccoli rabe but without the bitterness that would be perfect in this soup.

Antoinette said...

Girl, I looooove me some lima beans! I love this soup. I wonder what non-meat substitute I can put in for the bacon? Maybe some hickory wood. LOL

Grace said...

this is the second bean and bacon soup i've seen in all of 20 minutes, and that's awesome. both ingredients are high on my list of comfort foods, so this soup rocks.

buffalodick said...

Good meal for a person that has things to do- cooks while they are doing something else! I had three slow cookers, gave the oldest away.. People don't know how handy they can be..

Marjie said...

Great use of an item in the freezer. And you got to use your new vinegar, too! Great idea!

5 Star Foodie said...

The soup sounds really nice, it would be so perfect on a chilly day like today! The addition of bacon is awesome!

Pam said...

Great minds think alike - I have a bean & bacon soup today too. Adding kale is a great idea.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Wow, I never thought I would see the day that you posted about lima beans! Did you think about me when you wrote this?
Great looking soup!

Chris said...

I find stuff like that in the freezer too. "When did we buy that, I don't remember getting it, did you?"

Soup looks great!

girlichef said...

This looks amazing!! I am soooo loving the chili oil with the kale and the awesome bacon....delish :D

Psychgrad said...

I've always wondered about how the treadmill would come into the workplace. Does an employee have to request one? Or, get a note from a doctor (like an ergonomic assessment -- are there obesity assessments, justifying the use of a treadmill). Or, are there treadmill stations, where people go for an hour to work in some exercise into their day?

MangoChild said...

I can't have bacon, but that soup sounds delicious without it. I love kale and onion together. Very cozy

Michelle said...

So cold outside and it's getting colder. This soup would sure be welcome at our table any time!

SweetPeaSurry said...

That does look absolutely delish!!! Mmm again @ chili pepper vinegar!

chellebelle said...

I am not a lima bean girl.. but I may have to try my navy beans...hum. Anywho, about your comment.. I think that the "nutjob" comment is funny too.. sure it's inappropriate, but there is always the case of the other teacher protesting too much.. our little ones often see behind our thin, vain, vail. hummm.

Kim said...

I feel like the soup is right in front of me! The picture is so crystal clear. I love kale and this sounds delightful. Warming, but not too heavy- just right!

Paula said...

Lima beans? Who are you, and what have you done with our Pam??? :-)

I could use a bottle or two of your vinegar, and since I'm a lima lover, I'll also take a bowl or two of this soup. Plus the black bean soup, too. And I'll also have a package of that bacon as well. I'm greedy that way. Must be a result of all the lima beans I've eaten in my lifetime! :-)

Joanne said...

Hmmm I knew you'd come around. First eggplant, now lima beans, next...okra?? The soup looks delicious. I think that if you cooked bacon with anything you would like it. So good strategy.

The treadmill thing is kind of weird to me. I like to keep my exercise time separate from my work time, but maybe that's just me. It is a sad phenomenon though.

Mary said...

I love that you used chili pepper vinegar in your recipe. I use a tablespoon of vinegar in almost all my soups and stews as a background flavor to perk them up. I'm partial to bean soups and this sounds wonderful.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I'm not a bacon person, but sometimes in soup I'll add a bit of barbecue sauce to get that smoky flavor, especially when there are dark leafy greens involved. This soup looks delicious, and hooray for trying lima beans again!

Les said...

Believe it or not, I have a small netbook attached to my treadmill so I can catchup on my blog-hopping while I walk. It's impossible to type a comment, though, so I have a little spiral-bound notebook to jot down dates and notes. Makes the 4 miles fly! :)