Best Bean & Bacon

Many recipes claim to be the "best",

but this one really is! Grandma Lil's Hearty Bean & Bacon is chockful of goodies like Great Northern beans,

celery, carrots, onions, slow-simmered chicken stock with ham hock, bacon, sausage, and ham . . . as well as a few unusual ingredients that elevate it to the next level.

This recipe was always very jealously guarded and has only ever been served to friends and family. It is my pleasure to share it with you this week . . . this is, by magnitudes,

my favorite soup ever.