Sep 18, 2010

mama's bean soup

I made this soup with 'Picnic' in mind. Since I have taken this soup in a thermos before, I know this would have been great. As it was, the hike was cancelled, but the soup was still made.

This is one of my mom's legacies. She used to make this for us all of the time, and luckily, this was one dish I actually paid attention to while she was making it. Have I mentioned that I resisted cooking until my youngest daughter was born, or more precisely, until we became vegan? Sad, but true. Now I have to dig really deep into the recesses of my memories to recall how most of my favorite recipes were made by my parents.

Traditionally this soup has sausage in it, but I don't miss it - not even a substitute - because the soup holds up so well on its own. It has subtle hints of garlic, which is brought by the roux, which also makes this kidney bean soup so creamy. This is where dry beans are a bonus since you flavor the beans with carrots, onions, and celery during their cooking.  A swirl of a  nondairy sour cream completes this hearty, warming soup.

As Ellen says, it is the season of Autter (not quite Summer or Autumn, but a blend of the two), and this soup is just right for it.

Cost Breakdown:
beans: $2
carrots, onion, celery: $2
garlic, Earth Balance, flour: $1
spices, herbs, paprika: $.50
sour 'cream': $1
Total to feed a family of 6:


  1. This looks really fantastic! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Great post! I love good ole comfort food, and it would be great to take on a hike, thanks for that idea!

  3. This soup looks amazing! I can't wait to try it!

  4. Thanks all, I love hiking with comfort food too (especially a hot soup on a cold day!).

    Thank you, Amy! I hope you like it, too.

  5. I'm confused... where are the actual recipes? With measurements and directions?

  6. Talia, the recipes are the links under the pictures or over at the Recipe List Page at the top.

    Let me know if something is unclear.

    Thanks for visiting!

  7. Excellent blog and recipes! Keep it up!


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