Red white Bean Soup

January 10, 2012

All the women in my family make this soup and we all make it slightly different. For example my grandmother used to make this soup with a beef shank, which makes it more like a stew; My aunts Shuli and Sara add to their recipe carrots and potatoes, which give it more volume and a mild sweetness. My mother makes it without meat or vegetables and still delicious. I make it like my mother, vegan but I add two chipotle peppers (smoke-dried jalapeño that are primarily used in Mexican cuisine). That takes the soup to another level. It gives the soup a deep smoky, meaty flavor. 



This soup is a great main course. Kids love it. When you cook it for a long time it gets thick and stewy and delicious. You can serve it with rice or good bread. 


Red White Bean Soup
  1. 2 cups Navy or Great Northern beans, soaked overnight
  2. 2 cups tomato juice or 1 large can crushed tomatoes
  3. 8 cups water
  4. 1 dry bay leaf
  5. 5 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  6. 4 sprigs of fresh thyme or handful parsley
  7. ¼ teaspoon sugar
  8. 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  9. ¼ teaspoon hot paprika or chili powder
  10. 1 or 2 dried chipotle peppers (optional)
  11. ¼ cup olive oil
  12. Sea salt
  1. Put the beans in a large dutch oven or an oven-proof pot and cover them with water. Bring to a boil. Skim off the foam and lower the heat to medium.
  2. preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and cover. Remove the pot from the stove and transfer to the oven. Cook for 2 hours or until the beans are tender. Remove the thyme sprigs. Serve with Basmati rice or a piece of good bread.
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  • Reply Liraz January 16, 2012 at 12:15

    I just made this soup but with small changes.
    Also I made the chickpeas soup with the meat
    For the past few weeks every time I made soup
    I put a box in the freeze so on a lazy day I can
    Defrost it and we have a meal.
    (We meaning shimon and me):

    • Reply Shelly January 16, 2012 at 20:21

      What kind of changes? Please share! Can you please share also the recipe for the chickpea soup. Thank!

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