This post was sponsored by BUSH’S® Savory Beans as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
In fact, we have a local deli that publishes their weekly menu every Sunday night. I’ll look for the days with “Meatball Minestrone” and add it to my calendar app! Recently I also discovered Sausage Minestrone at a local butcher. It got me thinking about yet another meat I love. What if I added crumbled bacon to my minestrone recipe? It couldn’t hurt, right?
Right! The thing is, though, the real star of this show is the beans. You already know I love BUSH’S® Beans. You know this because I talk about it on my blog and social platforms. Well, did you know that I also super LOVE BUSH’S® Savory Beans?
Beans are pretty much used daily around here. We use them as ingredients, we use them as side dishes, and we use them for main dishes too. That’s why I love that BUSH’S Savory Beans have a “heat and eat” method that saves me time in my day.
Nobody knows beans better than BUSH’S Beans, and they’re naturally gluten-free and cholesterol-free. They’re pretty much the perfect food for our family. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks – you can find one or all of the four of us eating beans. BUSH’S is still family-owned after over 110 years, and operating out of Chestnut Hill, Tennessee. They are the largest and leading branded bean company. They’re familiar to us all! Des will spot them from all the way down the aisle in Walmart and will race to fill our basket or cart with beans. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that our family lives for good beans.
This is cool to know, and not surprising: about 1 in 3 cans of beans sold in the United States have a BUSH’S label on them, and as you’re hopefully learning, BUSH’S is more than Baked Beans! Their products are delicious, real, and honest – and are made with simple ingredients. They care deeply about what’s in their food and how they make it, and they create beans that taste great. BUSH’S never compromises on quality and creates products that taste fab. To “Heat and Eat” is a big deal.
You can head to Walmart and purchase BUSH’S Savory Beans in three flavors – BUSH’S® Black Beans Fiesta™, BUSH’S®
Southwestern Style Pinto Beans™ and BUSH’S® Southern Style White Beans. You can heat and eat BUSH’S Savory Beans in only minutes for a delicious meal or pairing, no matter what else is on your plate. They’re made from the best beans simmered in delicious savory sauces. They are a great and easy meal enhancer that can improve or inspire quick weeknight and/or everyday meals. The beans can be cooked in the microwave or on the stove-top. Both ways work for me!
Bacon Minestrone Recipe With BUSH’S® Savory Beans:
What You Need:
1 can BUSH’S® Southern Style White Beans, drained
1 can BUSH’S® Southwestern Style Pinto Beans™, drained
8 ounces bacon
1 small can corn
1 can Kidney Beans (any style)
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup sliced celery
2 cans whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped
1 1/2 cups red peppers, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
8 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 1/2 cups Ditalini pasta
1 teaspoon thyme
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons basil
1 teaspoon rosemary
Salt and pepper, to taste
What You Do:
1 – Cook your bacon until crisp, crumble it, and set aside
2 – Take a large Dutch oven or stock pot and heat the oil over medium-high
3 – Add the carrots, celery and peppers and sauté, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften – this should be about ten minutes
4 – Add your minced garlic and sauté another 1-2 minutes
5 – Then, add your broth, corn, pasta, tomatoes, beans, bay leaves, basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary and pepper
6 – Bring mixture to a boil and allow it to simmer for about 15 minutes or until Ditalini is cooked through – feel free to add more broth if the soup looks too thick
7 – Add salt and pepper to taste, and remove the bay leaves – then top with crumbled bacon!
I used to think soups were beyond my capabilities as a home cook, but this recipe is actually easy to follow. You can mix and match your favorite veggies. Most people would use onions, but no one in my family eats them so we skipped it. I will say that you have to play with the seasonings, garlic, and optional onions to find the flavor that works for you. The bacon is just a crumbled topping and the real star of the show is the beans. They’re incredibly flavorful and it helps to use 2-3 varieties!