Flavorful creamy broth, with fresh green beans, potatoes and bacon, make this a great soup year round, but especially when you have those fresh garden green beans!
Potato, Green Bean & Bacon Soup — An Update! After posting this recipe in July of 2015, it went bonkers!! It’s been so well received, and pinned so many times!! I have had many readers write to me telling me just how much they love it, too.
“Yes! This was delicious! Thank you for sharing -its a keeper =)” – Kelly P.
Of course, when you can pick the beans right from your garden, this soup is extra special, but living in the midwest, that isn’t the case. These days, though, fresh green beans in the produce section a the grocery have been really good. So, we eat this soup year round. That makes my youngest son very happy!! Today when I updated this post, I also added a recipe video, so you could see how it’s done!
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Begin original post: Some of you may be thinking, “she is sharing a soup recipe, in July? In this heat?” We eat soup year round in our house. It’s one of our most favorite meals. The best part of this particular recipe is making it when the green beans are fresh from the garden, or your local farmer’s market.
This soup recipe is from my Mother-in-law, and was my husband’s favorite growing up. It was one, that I have never made in our 24 years of marriage. I guess the reason being, it took me until the last few years to really love fresh green beans. Weird, right? As a kid, I told my mom I didn’t like them because they were “fuzzy.” I am head over heels in love with them now, though, and am sorry I missed out on so many years of such a good thing!
Recipe Favorites with Fresh Green Beans:
- Roasted Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner with Potatoes & Green Beans
- Soy Balsamic Glazed Green Beans
- Green Beans with Tomato and Bacon
- Green Bean Salad with Quinoa
- Southern Style Green Beans with Tomatoes and Bacon
- Italian Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner with Green Beans
This recipe isn’t really a “recipe” when it gets told by my Mother-in-law, or my sister-in-law. “Throw this in, throw that in, sometimes I add this, sometimes I use that.” So, me making this for the first time, I measured while I cooked, and when he walked in the door, I waved him over to the stove, lifted the lid and said “I finally made your favorite soup!” He tasted it and said it was perfect!
Ingredients in this Potato, Green Bean and Bacon Soup:
- green beans, onion and potatoes
- heavy cream, milk
- salt & pepper
After you cook your bacon in your Dutch oven, remove it, and most of the grease, leaving some in the bottom of the pan. Add in onions and sauté them until translucent. While you are cooking your bacon and the onions, steam your green beans and your potatoes. Add bacon and green beans back into the pot.
Mash your potatoes, and add them back in. Add in cream and milk and Salt & Pepper to taste. Simmer until heated through.
You can lighten this soup up by using half & half or all milk, but I made it full on fat because I had heavy cream in the fridge to use. It was rich, creamy and so delicious!
Enjoy!! Until next time,
- 4 cups fresh green beans, ends snipped and cut into small pieces
- 1 pound bacon, cut into small pieces
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 medium sized potatoes, peeled and 1/8'd
- 1 pint heavy cream
- 2 cups 2% milk
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Peel and cut potatoes into 1/8s. Boil either on your stove or in the microwave until tender. Drain water and slightly mash. Set aside.
- Steam green beans until slightly tender. Set aside.
- n your dutch oven, cook bacon pieces until slightly crispy, remove bacon with a slotted spoon, drain excess fat, but don't wipe the bottom clean.
- Add onion to dutch oven and sauté in drippings until soft.
- Add bacon back in, add green beans, mashed potatoes, and cover with milk and cream.
- Warm for a bit until heated through, taking care not to boil.
- Salt & Pepper to taste.
This soup can be lightened up by using either half & half or all milk. If using all milk, it won't be quite as thick of a broth.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 600 Total Fat: 43g Saturated Fat: 21g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 19g Cholesterol: 128mg Sodium: 1049mg Carbohydrates: 29g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 8g Protein: 26g