Pretty sure they were canned, (& unrinsed); dried beans would have taken considerably longer to soften. A lb. of uncooked bacon with all the included salt, no rendering, no developing taste through rendering & RAW onions on top? I have no idea exactly what kind of soup he was trying to make but there are few cultures that don't include hearty, nourishing, flavourful soups in their cuisines. Whatever he made - it hardly fits any of those descriptors.