Peasant Bean Soup Recipe
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Peasant Bean Soup Recipe

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This is an extra-good hearty soup. I often serve it to my church circle of over 100 members. After dinner, I'm always asked for this special recipe.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + soaking Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + soaking Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound dried great northern beans, washed and sorted
  • 2-1/2 quarts cold water, divided
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced
  • 3 celery ribs, sliced
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (16 ounces) stewed tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 to 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 263 calories, 5g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 774mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 15g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 0 meat, 2 vegetable, 0 fat.


  1. Soak beans overnight in 2 qts. water.
  2. Add remaining water to softened beans and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.
  3. Stir in the remaining ingredients; simmer 1 hour or until beans are tender. Discard bay leaves. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Peasant Bean Soup in Country Extra September 1991, p45

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galeygogo 12874
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2013

"How can a soup with a pound of beans in it not have any fiber??? Someone needs to review the nutritional facts. Will make though as sounds delicious and healthy."

ConstanzeN 201697
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2013

"Excellent soup. Will make again. Thanks! :O)"

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