Hearty and meaty in substance, this soup combines the traditional flavors of smoked pork with beans and other vegetables. Somewhat similar to a common pork and beans casserole, Bean and Bacon Soup provides a simple way to enjoy the casserole flavors in the form of a soup. There are many different variations to this soup that range from simple commerical varieties to homemade soups with many ingredients added. Some of the typical ingredients in this soup include kidney or navy beans and pieces of smoked bacon (or smoke flavoring added) cooked in a ham stock. Homemade recipes for Bean and Bacon Soup may also include bits of tomatoes, onions, celery, and potatoes combined with various seasonings.