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Great Northern Bean Soup – aka “It’s Still Snowing Up North Soup”!

February 20, 2011

It’s been showing signs of spring here in Bloomington this past week. It is amazing how much a little sunshine and some 50 degree weather can really change your whole outlook on life – aka, make you HAPPY! šŸ™‚ So, this week for Soup Sunday I have a little something for my northern friends, who live where winter still has a firm grasp on their lives – Great Northern Bean Soup.

The great thing about any kind of soup is that the “recipes” are so forgiving. A little bit of this… a little bit of that…. just add in what you like and you are pretty muchĀ guaranteedĀ to come up with something tasty. That is especially true for this easy and simple soup.

Great Northern Bean Soup

2 lbs dried Great Northern Beans (soaked overnight and rinsed)
water
milk (optional)
vegetableĀ bouillonĀ cubes (optional)
garlic powder
onion powder
bay leaf
salt and pepper

See how easy this is:

1) Put beans in large pot and cover with a couple inches of water (keep an eye on it and add more water as needed to reach your desiredĀ consistency)
2) Add desired amount of spices (I like a lot of garlic, some onion powder, a decent amount of pepper, and a small bay leaf. You might need more salt than you think because the beans will absorb it) and a couple vegetable (or chicken I suppose..) bouillon cubes.
3) Bring to a boil and simmer until beans are cooked and falling apart (this will take an 1-1 1/2 hours). It will be a half mushed beans, half soft whole beansĀ consistency.
4) Add a splash of milk for creaminess if desired
5) Taste and see if you want more spices (if you accidentally added too much of a spice, add a little more milk and it should cover it up quite nicely)
6) Top with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of shredded cheese

Warm and hearty – perfect for a chilly late winter day!

-liz

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 20, 2011 10:16 pm

    Mmmm…this bean soup looks so warm and comforting…Yummy! šŸ™‚

    • February 22, 2011 4:19 pm

      thanks! it was something my mom would always make, so it is double comforting! šŸ™‚

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