Hearty Bean Soup


chop the onion

mince the garlic

chop the carrots

chop the parsley

purée 1 can of beans together with 1 cup chicken broth

heat oil over medium, add bacon

cook until crispy, remove from pot

add onion, garlic and carrots, cook for 3 minutes

stir in pepper, paprika, Italian seasoning and tomato paste

add the remaining  beans and  puréed beans

pour in broth

add bay leaf and pearl couscous, bring to a boil, cover and cook for 15 minutes

when ready, turn off the heat, add bacon

stir in Parmesan

finish off with parsley, and black pepper