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November 30, 2013

The Saturday Simmer: Budget-friendly bean soup recipes

Sopa de frijoles, from Provecho Peru, and budget-friendly bean soups..

Beans, beans, good for your heart. The more you eat, the more you... want to lick the bowl clean! Whether you start with dried beans or canned, you can build a healthy, hearty, economical soup around any variety of beans. Add little bits of vegetables, leftover meats, a rich broth or even plain water, and you have the makings of a satisfying soup pot. Cook bean soups until the beans fall apart on their own, or coax them into submission with an immersion blender. Or leave them whole, like they are in this sopa de frijoles, a Peruvian bean soup from Provecho Peru. Although nothing makes your kitchen smell and sound more welcoming than a pot of soup burbling away on the stove, don't forget your slow cooker, which makes wonderful bean soups with no stove-tending required.

So many budget-friendly bean soups (mostly meatless) caught my eye this week:

Smoky refried bean soup, from FatFree Vegan Kitchen

Sopa de frijoles/Peruvian bean soup, from Provecho Peru

Dried fava bean soup with mint and guajillo chiles, from 101 Cookbooks

CrockPot Mexican corn and bean soup, from Weelicious

Garlicky white bean soup with dark greens, from The Nourishing Gourmet

Bailout bean soup, from The Perfect Pantry

Slow cooker (or stovetop) vegetarian black bean and rice soup with lime and cilantro, from Kalyn's Kitchen

CrockPot 16 bean soup, from A Year of Slow Cooking

Weight Watchers simply filling slow cooker bean and cabbage soup, from Simple Nourished Living

White bean and roasted mushroom soup, from She Wears Many Hats

Hearty lentil and black bean soup with smoked paprika, from Cookin' Canuck

Black bean and sweet potato soup, from Two Peas & Their Pod

Which will you try first? What intrigues you? Please leave feedback on the original recipe post, and let us know if you've made or adapted any of these recipes. See you next Saturday, and every Saturday, with more soups, stews and chili.

[All photos used with permission.]


Posted by: Tony Molledo | November 30, 2013 at 08:15 AM

I love bean soups. Thank you so much for not posting leftover turkey soup recipes.

Posted by: Lydia (Soup Chick) | December 1, 2013 at 07:53 PM

Tony, my pleasure.

Posted by: susan g | December 5, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Always ready to try another bean soup, year round, but especially for the dark nights of winter.

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