Vegan MoFo #5: Northern Bean Soup

I love fall and winter because soup is one of my favourite things to make, and it’s really not always fun to cook or to eat soup in the heat of summer. I have to admit, I rarely use soup recipes, because a lot of times soup is just an easy way to use up all those bits and pieces of leftovers in the fridge that are useless for much else. But occasionally I do follow a recipe.

This is a soup recipe that you can use if you have leftover mashed potatoes from a previous meal. It does take a long time to cook, but it’s very tasty and warming for a cool day. It originally called for pork hocks; I’ve replaced that with extra beans and liquid smoke.

This recipe was originally found on page 125 of the 1978 Betty Crocker cookbook.

8 cups water
1 T liquid smoke
1 lb dried Great Northern beans (about 2c)
1/4 lb dried lima beans (about 1/2 c)
1 8-oz can tomato sauce
1 c onion, chopped (or green onion)
1 T beaf or other beeflike seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 c mashed potatoes
2 medium carrots, cut into 1/2″ pieces
2 medium stalks celery, cut into 1/2″ pieces
2 T cashews blended to cream in 2 T water (optional)

Soak beans in enough hot water to cover for 1 hour; drain water and rinse beans at the end of the hour.

In a soup pot pour the beans and the 8 cups of water, liquid smoke, tomato sauce, onion, beeflike seasoning, salt, and garlic. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until beans are tender, about 2 hours (do not boil or beans will burst [I did accidentally let mine boil, and the beans did burst. (I also had to let it cook another 30-45 minutes beyond the 2 hours specified.)]).

Add potatoes, carrots, and celery to soup. Simmer until vegetables are tender. Stir in cashew cream (if using) and serve.

northern bean soup

Definitely this is a soup I would make again. I nommed these two bowls right up after my photo shoot. I’m in luck, though; there’s plenty more where it came from! I made a double batch for serving guests tomorrow, and no doubt there will be Leftovers.

Which begs the question, can soup be made out of leftover soup?

All right, that’s all for this week. Taking off for Sabbath, but I’ll be back Sunday with something else tasty!

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2 thoughts on “Vegan MoFo #5: Northern Bean Soup

  1. Your last question reminds me of the Jack Benny radio episode, when Jack and Rochester are cleaning out the freezer. Rochester keeps unearthing leftover cuts of meat; Jack responds, “Oh… save it, we’ll make hash out of it.” Finally:

    Rochester: What do you want me to do with this 25 pounds of leftover hash?

    Jack: Save it, we’ll make stew out of it!

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