Creamy White Bean Soup

  • 1 1/2 cups navy beans (or other white beans) soaked overnight
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 pieces naturally cured pastured bacon
  • 1 leek, peeled and diced
  • 2 new or red potatoes, diced
  • 3 celery stalk, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1/4 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt or to taste
  • Black pepper (to taste)

Discard soaking water from beans and cook with 5 cups fresh water.  Bring to a boil and skim off any foam that rises. Add bay leaves, cover and lower heat to simmer.  Cook 1 hour.  Fry the bacon and chop into small pieces. In the bacon fat, saute the leeks, celery and carrots. Add vegetables to the soup. Add 1 tsp. sea salt and potatoes and continue cooking 25-30 minutes.  Season with sea salt and black pepper to taste.