Do you like soup? This is such a strange post for August, I know, but I’m currently below the equator, and it’s cold here. So, spicy chili-style soup is really doing it for me.
I used to be afraid of soup. I didn’t know how to make it taste good without adding lots of salt and cream. Growing up, the only soup I liked was New England Clam Chowder. Then I tried some purees, then some Mexican soups, and now I’m a convert to the liquid concoction. This white bean soup is inspired by a recent meal with my newlywed friends. The Mr. made Chicken and White Bean Chili, served with decadent garlic naan. Hello tastebuds!
Well, here we make everything cheaper and healthier than the average Joe, so I’ve made my own frugally nutritious version. And it’s vegan. And it’s delicious!We froze half of it (sans avocado) and it was just as good the second time around.Print
- 2.5 cups soaked white beans (from dry)
- 1 medium carrot
- 4 green onions
- 1/2 spicy pepper (jalepeno, aji, chipotle, etc.)
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 medium potato
- 1/3 bunch cilantro (about 1/2 cup chopped)
- fresh cracked black pepper to taste
- 6 cups low-sodium vegetable stock (or water with bouillon cubes)
- If you’re using canned white beans, skip this step.* Bring 4 cups of water (or vegetable stock) to a boil and add the white beans. Bring back to a boil for 5 minutes, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 25 minutes.
- *For canned beans, begin here.*
- Meanwhile chop your veggies. Add two more cups of water/stock to the pan, with the cumin, chili powder, and pepper. Put the onions and carrots in the pot with the beans and simmer together for 30 minutes. (If using regular potatoes, add the potatoes now, if using soft yellow potatoes, add them in the last 15 minutes of cooking.
- Remove from heat and season to taste with about 1/2 tsp salt and some fresh pepper, then fold in the remaining green onion and roughly chopped chives. Squeeze 1/4 lime over each bowl and garnish with 1/4 avocado and serve!
- Category: Soup