Red white Bean Soup

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). 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 pm

    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 8:21 pm

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

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