Hearty Crockpot Bean Soup

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Hearty Crockpot Bean Soup

I think it is safe to call the bean soup or stew and ode to the work that we put in to the garden over spring, summer and autumn but it is very definitely a winter dish… It is hard to believe that pretty much everything in this dish started as a seed in my grubby hands back in April or May yet still provides me a gloriously filling meal in December and no doubt will right the way through until next spring. I often see dishes like this ‘sold’ as 15 bean stew/soup all over the interweb and think ‘why’ beans have very little flavour they provide texture and soak up the flavours of what you cook them with. So as far as I am concerned use what you want in your bean soup, hell use tinned beans if you want, just put them in the crockpot 45 minutes to an hour before serving. Beans tend to roughly triple in weight when cooked so if using tinned beans you want about 900g of tinned beans.

It is easier to list the things that we didn’t produce at home, only the Worcestershire sauce, capers, cooking oil, salt and pepper were not our homegrown produce. Our tomato produce is the result of many hours work and I must remember to put up our tomato passata recipe next year in the growing season, it is really simple to make and if you go to any market at the end of the week you can buy cheap tomatoes beyond their best for peanuts so you do not need to tend your own crop either 😉

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Having said that growing tomatoes has to be one of the easiest things to grow in even the smallest of places and I use our passata in many of my Indian recipe right through to loads of soups like this bean soup all the way though to my crockpot bolognese sauce.  You need next to no space at all, particularly with modern varieties, just the smallest amount of outdoor space and you can be off and running with producing something pretty foxy and awesome… Be aware though it can be fairly addictive and lead you to do some pretty daft things, hell it lead me from a sensible, grown up and relatively well paid career to live in a mud hut in Hungary 😉

Hearty Crockpot Bean Soup

 

Hearty Crockpot Bean Soup

My hearty crockpot bean soup is a big and bold soup that plays homage to the work we put in throughout the year to keep our bellies full in winter! 

Course Main Course, Soup
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Brian Jones

Ingredients

  • 300 g Dried Beans. Use any varieties you like we have borlotti and fagioli beans from our garden dried this year so that is what I used.
  • 200 g Onions. Roughly chopped.
  • 125 g Carrot. Roughly chopped.
  • 50 g Celery Stick. Roughly chopped.
  • 1 Tbsp Cooking Oil. Neutral.
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce.
  • 1 L Tomato Passata. Tomato Sauce in the US
  • 1 Tbsp Tomato Puree.
  • 500 ml Vegetable Stock.
  • 4 Bay Leaves.
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Marjoram.

Instructions

  1. Soak your bean over night and cook until just cooked.
  2. Preheat your crockpot to low.
  3. Add 1 Tbsp flavourless cooking oil to a frying pan and cook the carrot, onion and celery over a medium high heat until slightly softened but not coloured.
  4. After about 10-15 minutes increase the heat and add the Worcestershire sauce to the vegetables and reduce until almost dry, then transfer to your stockpot.
  5. Bring the tomato puree and Passata to a simmer in the same frying pan then transfer to your crock pot.
  6. Heat the vegetable stock in the same pan ensuring that you remove all the pother residues and add to the stock pot.
  7. Add the Bay Leaves and Marjoram and the beans, check the seasoning and add salt and pepper as required then allow to simmer on low for 4 hours.

Recipe Notes

This bean soup really works well with the almost peppery sourness of capers and I love to coarsely chop some and serve on top as a garnish.

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Hearty Crockpot Bean Soup
Hearty Crockpot Bean Soup

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30 Comments

  1. Jeff the Chef December 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    That is deliciously straightforward soup! (I totally expected sambal oelek to be in the ingredient list!) I envy you your mud hut.

    • Brian Jones December 17, 2015 at 2:24 pm - Reply

      Cheers Jeff, whilst I am a fan of adding the exotic to some of my food I love getting back to the stuff that comes out of my garden sometimes 🙂

  2. Paige @ Where Latin Meets Lagniappe December 18, 2015 at 1:51 am - Reply

    Love, love, love this 🙂 I’m a huge fan of bean soup, and making it in the slow cooker is so tasty 🙂 A slow simmer…and dinner is served. And your colors in this photo are just beautiful 🙂

    • Brian Jones December 18, 2015 at 11:24 am - Reply

      Thanks Paige it really is a simple dish and it tastes fabulous, all boxes ticked on a lazy day for me 🙂

  3. Johlene@FlavoursandFrosting December 18, 2015 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    I have experimented alot lately with my Crockpot and this recipe will definitely be made this Winter!!

    • Brian Jones December 24, 2015 at 9:32 am - Reply

      It certainly is crockpot season for us, I love the chuck it all in and having something big hearty and warm ready for days on end 🙂

  4. AiPing | Curious Nut December 18, 2015 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    This sure looks like one hearty soup. I probably have said this many times… I need to get myself a slow cooker.

    • Brian Jones December 24, 2015 at 9:33 am - Reply

      Thank you, I love my Slow Cooker, opens up so many lazy day options and is a really frugal way of cooking 🙂

  5. Whitney @ That Square Plate December 19, 2015 at 3:02 am - Reply

    I can’t imagine how good this is with all of your homegrown ingredients!! Looks amazing!

    • Brian Jones December 24, 2015 at 9:38 am - Reply

      Thanks Whitney, it is noce to still be cooking our own produce at this time of year, sometimes it does not work out that way but our harvest has been great this year!

  6. Melissa | Cilantro and Citronella December 19, 2015 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    I’ve got a bunch of dried beans in the pantry and this would be a great recipe except that I can’t take Worcestershire sauce for the anchovies. What else could I use?

    • Brian Jones December 24, 2015 at 9:40 am - Reply

      Interesting question, I’ve never considered people not liking Worcestershire sauce it is such a favourite in our house 😉 It would change the dish massively but you could use something like Balsamic vinegar that will give the dish a rich, almost sweet and malty back flavour although you may want to leave off the capers in that case and maybe go for a garlic crouton…

  7. Chris @ SimpleFood365 December 20, 2015 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    We love crock pot soups, and this one sounds fabulous! I love how hearty it looks.

    • Brian Jones December 24, 2015 at 9:41 am - Reply

      Cheers Chris, us too! Such a wonderful lazy but seriously tasty way of cooking!

  8. Kathy Hester December 21, 2015 at 1:57 am - Reply

    There’s nothing better than coming home to a slow cooker full of soup. I can’t wait to try your recipe!

    • Brian Jones December 24, 2015 at 9:41 am - Reply

      ‘Souper’ Kathy, please let me know how you get on.

  9. Meaghan | Cook. Craft. Love. December 21, 2015 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    I asked my mom last night what her favorite comfort food was and she said ham and bean soup. I’m totally forwarding this recipe to her cause I know she loves to rock her crock pot!

    • Brian Jones December 24, 2015 at 9:43 am - Reply

      Your Mom has great taste 😀 I love ham and bean soup too and make one using smoked Ham Hock that really is special. Hope your Mom enjoys the recipe!

  10. I just grew my first tomatoes this past summer. Does that mean a mud hut is less than 5 years out? Hahaha This is a great way to use up the odds and ends of random dried beans left from other recipes, thank you!

    • Brian Jones December 24, 2015 at 9:48 am - Reply

      Haha, be afraid be very afraid 😉 We scaled back our tomato production the last couple of years after accidentally growing 300kg of them a couple of years back, we are still using up the tomato sauce we made to preserve them 😮

  11. Byron Thomas December 22, 2015 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    You’re making me wish I owned a crock pot! 🙂 Looks so delicious!

    • Brian Jones December 24, 2015 at 9:50 am - Reply

      Cheers chap, you could do this in a really low oven for the same time and get the same results… A crockpot is just a much more energy efficient way of cooking 🙂

  12. Jennifer December 23, 2015 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    My husband buys that 15 bean soup mix at the grocery store and makes bean soup all.the.time. I’m going to have to switch it up on him and try this because it sounds way better and nothing is better than a crockpot soup!

    • Brian Jones December 24, 2015 at 9:52 am - Reply

      I keep seeing a 15 bean thing in US recipes and am very confused by it all, we grow 3-4 different types of beans as conditions in different years produce massively different yields… I usually don’t think twice about the time of bean I use other than size to be honest.

  13. Whitney December 23, 2015 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    I tried growing tomatoes once. Didn’t exactly work out as planned. Now I am sticking with my one curry plant and it’s all I can do to keep that sucker alive.

    • Brian Jones December 24, 2015 at 9:55 am - Reply

      Teeheee, I would kill for a Curry plant, it really holds me back on cooking Indian food and cannot get one for love nor money over here, I have tried 🙁

  14. Anne Murphy December 25, 2015 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Classics are classic for a reason. This sounds delicious.

    I’ll disagree (a little) about the beans, though. I love finding how different a recipe can be when I just change the beans.It usually has to be a bit more of a jump, though – you’re talking about various kinds of white beans, and I’ll use navy beans and it will essentially be the same – but then I’ll use black beans and it will be different, and red beans will be different, and chick peas… Though then, they all beg for slightly different seasoning, which changes them still further!

    • Brian Jones January 4, 2016 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      Disagreeing is allowed Anne, no one has all of the answers… I find it makes very little difference to what I cook, however would never sub out the sort of beans I typically make stuff like this with for chickpeas which I find completely different beasties altogether 🙂

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