Friday, November 13, 2009


Old Fashioned Bean Soup

3 c Pinto, Navy, Northern, or Lima beans, sorted and rinsed (your choice)

6 c Water
7 c Vegetable broth 
1 cn 16 oz Tomatoes, including liquid,
2 c Chopped celery
1 Carrot, large chopped
1 Onion, large chopped
2 Garlic cloves, large minced
2 Bay leaves
1 ts Basil
1 ts Oregano
1/2 ts Marjoram
2 ts Liquid Smoke Seasoning

Soak the beans in the 6 cups of water overnight in a large pot.
Drain the soaking water and refill
soup pot with the 7 cups of veg broth.

Add everything below, and cook for 2-2 1/2 hours until beans are soft. 

Add the tomatoes, celery,

carrot, onion, garlic, bay leaves, oregano, basil, marjoram.

Then add the lemon juice, and liquid smoke seasoning. 

Salt and pepper to taste.

After everything is cooked,then remove the bay leaves and mash soup with potato masher. 
Reheat and serve, garnishing each bowl with 1/2- 1 T of nonfat sour cream and 1/2 teaspoon chives or green onion tops.
Add cheddar cheese and Tabasco if you like.
Serves 6

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