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Slow Cooker White Bean Soup with Tempeh Bacon (Vegan Bean with Bacon Soup!)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 hrs
Total Time
5 hrs 10 mins
This creamy bean soup cooks up hands-free in the slow cooker and gets topped with a sprinkling of smoky tempeh bacon.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 433 kcal
Author: Alissa
For the Soup
  • 1 pound dried great northern beans, soaked in water overnight
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
For the Tempeh Bacon
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 8 ounce package tempeh, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
For Serving
  • Cayenne pepper hot sauce
  • Chopped fresh parsley
  1. Make the soup first. Stir all ingredients except salt and pepper together in the slow cooker. Cook on high for about 5 hours, or on low for about 8 hours, or until the beans and veggies are tender. You can add some water during cooking if it becomes too dry. When the soup is finished cooking, season it with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. While the soup cooks, prepare the tempeh bacon. Stir the soy sauce, maple syrup, vinegar, and liquid smoke together in a shallow dish. Add the tempeh cubes and toss to coat. Allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes. You can leave it sit at room temperature for up to two hours, but place it in the fridge if you let it marinate longer.
  3. To cook the tempeh bacon, coat the bottom of a medium skillet with oil and place it over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the tempeh and cook for about 10 minutes, flipping 2 to 3 times to achieve browning on multiple sides.
  4. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with tempeh bacon, hot sauce, and parsley. Serve.
Recipe Notes

For even more smoky flavor, add a few dashes of liquid smoke to the soup while it simmers.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker White Bean Soup with Tempeh Bacon (Vegan Bean with Bacon Soup!)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 433 Calories from Fat 77
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.5g13%
Saturated Fat 1.8g9%
Sodium 1267mg53%
Potassium 1573mg45%
Carbohydrates 63.4g21%
Fiber 17.8g71%
Sugar 9.2g10%
Protein 29.5g59%
Calcium 170mg17%
Iron 6.7mg37%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.