Slow Cooker Smoky White Bean Soup

I keep wanting to type smokey and then I realize there are no bears in this bean soup.

Slow Cooker Smoky White Bean Soup / Bev Cooks

Close though! Beans. Bears. Smokey the Bear soup. Smoky the bean soup? Never mind.

SOUP! And this one is so stupid easy you’ll have actual time to drink the eggnog without the whole IV thing.

Don’t ask.

Slow Cooker Smoky White Bean Soup / Bev Cooks  Slow Cooker Smoky White Bean Soup / Bev Cooks

So the star of this show are obviously the beans. Last Mother’s Day Aaron gave me a huge gift package from our local French Market, and these cutie patootie little white coco beans were in it. What are white coco beans, you ask? Well let me tell you! I have no idea. I tried researching and didn’t get too far. It kept asking, “do you mean white cocoa beans?” and I kept responding, “DO YOU MEAN YOU WANT A KNUCKLE SANDWICH?”

Aaron kept telling me they’re white lentils. He’s loco. BUT, I looked that up, too, and the shape of the beans are slightly different from white lentils. I’m starting to think these are space alien white “coco” beans sent to me from our yonder planets. It’s the only thing that makes sense.

Anyway, they’re cute little white beans that you soak overnight, just like any other dried bear. Bean.

Slow Cooker Smoky White Bean Soup / Bev Cooks

But listen to this part that I’m about to tell you! Instead of a ham hock (frankly, that thing makes me nervous), I crisped up some thin pancetta slices riiiight at the end for a delicate porky, salty finish. And it was lovely. You won’t even miss the hock. Oh! Let’s start a band called Miss the Hock. Smokey the Bear will play the hock.

What gives the soup its ultra fab smoky flavor are the fire roasted tomatoes and just a touch of smoked paprika. It’s really nice. Not too much. The balsamic adds a little acidic zing, but feel free to use red wine vinegar, or even cider vinegar in its place. I won’t be mad.

Don’t forget – slow cooker. ‘Cuz you’re easy like Sunday morning.

And lastly, a little toasted breadcrumbs for crunch and minced parsley for a fresh pow, and your Christmas is good to go. Save some for Santa!

Slow Cooker Smoky White Bean Soup / Bev Cooks

And Smokey the Bear, duh.

Slow Cooker Smoky White Bean Soup:

What it took for 6:

* 2 cups dried white beans, soaked overnight (I used white coco beans)
* 1 (28 oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
* 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
* 1 carrot, chopped
* 1 celery stalk, chopped
* 4 cloves garlic, minced
* 4 cups chicken stock
* 1 tsp smoked paprika
* 1 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
* 1 bay leaf
* salt and pepper, to taste
* toasted breadcrumbs, minced parsley and crispy pancetta for garnish

In a slow cooker, combine, um, everything. Let it cook on high for 4 to 6 hours. Taste it. Need a little more salt? Little more acid? Do it.

Serve with breadcrumbs, parsley and the crispy pancetta!

Slow Cooker Smoky White Bean Soup / Bev Cooks

And for a little behind-the-scenes shot. Will is upset because his imaginary orchestra just missed a note.

Slow Cooker Smoky White Bean Soup / Bev Cooks

Eat some dang soup!



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11 Responses to Slow Cooker Smoky White Bean Soup

  1. Bri | Bites of bri December 4, 2014 at 8:41 am #
    This sounds so warm and cozy. I love the breadcrumbs and pancetta for texture. Now where to find the alien beans...:)
  2. Stephanie December 4, 2014 at 9:22 am #
    Try searching "coco tarbias beans" that's probably what they are.
  3. Tanah December 4, 2014 at 10:46 am #
  4. Becky Winkler December 4, 2014 at 3:29 pm #
    Laughing pretty hard right now at the thought of soaking a bear overnight. This soup looks great!
  5. Kari@Loaves n Dishes December 4, 2014 at 3:52 pm #
    I do miss Smokey the Bear, but I will settle for smokey bean soup any day!
  6. Liz @ Floating Kitchen December 4, 2014 at 6:31 pm #
    This is great, Bev. I mean really, who has a ham hock laying around the house at all times. Not me. But pancetta...that a fridge staple!
  7. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance December 4, 2014 at 9:11 pm #
    I always type smokey and not smoky. Why? I usually just leave it and figure no one will notice...darn it! Anyway, I love this and the fact that you used smoked paprika. I want to sprinkle smoked paprika on anything savory it's so good!
  8. Jennifer @ The Foodie Patootie December 8, 2014 at 6:20 pm #
    Love that your plates kinda resemble flour tortillas!


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