13 bean stew

Even though the weather has been incredible recently, I have been craving warm foods once dinner time rolls around. Like Krista, I love soup. The possibilities for soup are infinite. It can be a complete meal or paired with practically anything. And my favorite part about soup is that homemade soup is perfect for cleaning out any leftover veggies and the cupboards. Need more convincing, Stone Soup gives you seven reasons to eat more soup.

Cleaning out the leftover veggies and cupboards was how “13 Bean Stew” came to life. Given my obsession with Bob’s Red Mill, I was ecstatic to find his “13 Bean Soup Mix” in the back of my cupboard. So I soaked some beans and paired the beans with a tortilla soup base, some carrots and celery. It was delicious and a tummy filler.

For all of you out who saw this post and immediately (and maturely) thought “beans, beans the magical fruit, the more you eat, the more you toot!” I have the solution for you. Soaking beans. Here’s your bean lesson for the day. Soaking beans enhances the digestive properties of beans by reducing raffinose and stachyose-type oligosaccharides, also known as the sugars the cause flatulence, also known as tooting. Plus beans are very high in fiber and antioxidants. Cheers to beans!

ingredients

instructions

  1. If you are prepared and organized, soak beans overnight covered in water. If you are like me and decide to make this soup last minute, cover beans in a pot and boil for ~5 minutes, remove from heat, cover and let sit for an hour until tender.
  2. Rinse beans well with cool water. This will wash away those pesky tooting sugars.
  3. Saute onion in a dollop of oil until browned.
  4. Add beans, 3 quarts soup base and onion to a large pot and bring to a simmer for ~2 hours.
  5. Add carrots and celery into soup and simmer for another hour until your house smells “really good” (accordingly to the boy) and all ingredients are tender.
  6. Serve with a bit of cheese and bread if desired!
Bob's Red Mill - 13 Bean Soup Mix

Bob’s Red Mill – 13 Bean Soup Mix

look at the variety of beans!

look at the variety of beans!

natural pre-soaked beans

natural pre-soaked beans

essential ingredients

essential ingredients

post-soaked beans

post-soaked beans

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ready to eat!

ready to eat!

toasted bread perfect for dipping

toasted bread perfect for dipping

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As is this soup is vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, wheat free, corn free, soy free, everything bad for you free so feel free to get seconds! Or feel free to splurge and spice it up a bit with some cheese or topping of choice!

taylor brass

brass blossom

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