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bean & bacon soup with cornbread waffles

(2 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Sheri Zarnick
Union Lake, MI

I make this especially in sub-zero temperatures. It warms my family. After cooking a ham, I don't throw out the ham bone. I put it in my slow cooker with some water and cook it overnight on low. It makes an awesome broth base for bean soup. Then I take the ham bone out in the morning and put my bean soup together to cook all day. Cornbread has to accompany bean soup in my family. So instead of frying cornbread fritters or making a pone, I put my batter in my waffle iron.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Yum! This is a hearty bean soup with a savory bacon flavor. Potatoes make the soup thick and give it a creamy texture. Served with the cornbread waffles, it's a warm, delicious and comforting meal. These waffles are nice and fluffy and on the savory side. You can dip them into the soup or crumble on top. If you like more of a sweet cornbread, then use a packaged corn muffin mix. We loved the more savory waffle with the soup, though.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(2 ratings)
yield 6 -8
prep time 25 Min
cook time 8 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For bean & bacon soup with cornbread waffles

  • 1
    meaty ham bone
  • 1 lb
    Great Northern white beans
  • 1 lg
    onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    ham stock, soup base
  • 1/2 tsp
    celery powder
  • 1 lb
  • 2 can
    cream of potato soup, 10.75 oz each
  • 2 c
    self-rising corn meal
  • 1 c
  • 1/4 c
    oil or shortening melted
  • 1 lg
    egg, beaten
  • French Fried onions, optional

How To Make bean & bacon soup with cornbread waffles

  • Cooking the ham bone in a slow cooker.
    Cook ham bone in water overnight in a slow cooker.
  • Removing the ham bone from the slow cooker.
    In the morning remove bone with tongs, let cool.
  • Rinsing the beans before adding to the slow cooker.
    Rinse beans and put in the slow cooker. ( I don't pre-soak mine, they cook all day so they turn out just fine)
  • Adding seasonings to the slow cooker.
    Add ham stock. Stir with a whisk to make sure it breaks up. Add remaining seasonings. Cook on High for 6-8 hours.
  • Frying bacon in a skillet.
    About 1/2 hour before you want to serve it, fry bacon. Let drain on paper towel.
  • Cooking onions in the bacon drippings.
    Saute onions in bacon drippings until done.
  • Adding the onions to the soup.
    Add onions to soup.
  • Chopping the cooked bacon in a food processor.
    Chop bacon in a food processor.
  • Pouring chopped bacon into the soup.
    Add to soup.
  • Mixing some broth with potato soup in a separate bowl.
    In a mixing bowl pour cream of potato soup in. Take about 1 cup of broth from your soup. Mix with potato soup.
  • Pouring potato soup mixture into the soup.
    Pour into your soup.
  • Mixing the soup ingredients together.
    Serve about a 1/2 hour from the time you put soup and bacon in.
  • Mixing cornmeal, eggs, milk, and oil for waffles.
    In the meantime, make your batter for cornbread. Mix in a large bowl cornmeal, oil, milk, and then egg.
  • Mixing waffle batter until desired consistency.
    Mix well. It should look like pancake batter. If it's too thick add a bit more milk until it looks like a batter. If it's too thin add a bit more cornmeal.
  • Pouring batter into a waffle maker.
    Heat your waffle iron and cook just as you would waffles.
  • A bowl of bean & bacon soup with cornbread waffles and crumbled bacon on top.
    This is a nice way to get individual servings. Dish up soup. I top mine with French fried onions.