Soldier Bean Soup

Prep: 5 minutes Cook: 4 hours

Serves:6-8

I found these wonderful, heirloom beans at a market last week and decided to make a simple soup from them. They cook up rich and creamy with a unique taste so they don't need much in the way of seasonings.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried soldier beans
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, chopped

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 4 hours or longer, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper before serving.

Hint: This may be made in a slow cooker (Crock-Pot). Cook 8-12 hours on high. An easy way to have a delicious dinner ready when you get home from work. This may also be made with other heirloom beans. Heirloom beans are specialty beans that have wonderful flavors and colors, not commonly found in the mass-markets. Look for them in natural food stores or farmer's markets.
To find out more about heirloom beans and discover the many different varieties, go online to Heirloom Beans-The Bean Bag. Varieties include: Black Calypso, Peruano, Chestnut Lima, Scarlet Runner, Jackson Wonder, Speckled Brown Cow, Appaloosa, Butterscotch Calypso, Tiger Eye, Trout, Dalmation, European Soldier, plus many more; most of them take 3-4 hours to cook.