There are lots of bean soup recipes, and some are better than others. Beans are cheap and easy to pour out of a tin, and ideal in soups, to turn a snack into a meal. They are also rich in protein and calcium, so here are some nice ones to try.
This winter bean & potato soup (Planted and Picked) is real comfort food. It features sweet potatoes and black beans, along with canned coconut milk, onion and garlic. It’s hearty enough on its own, or you could add brown rice and steamed greens, if wished.
When using coconut milk, always look for monkey-friendly brands. Some brands send terrified tethered monkeys up high to retrieve the coconuts, and they don’t even get to enjoy any of it themselves. The pig-tailed macaques even may suffer punishment, if they do not retrieve enough. Due to a public outcry, many supermarkets have now stopped selling own-brand monkey-harvested coconut milk. But they may still sell other brands that do, so keep a real vigilant eye.
Three Bean Vegetable Soup (Crowded Kitchen) is made with dried cannellini, garbanzo and kidney beans. However, kidney beans need special boiling to remove a toxin, so feel free to use tinned instead, if preferred.
Vegan Black Bean Soup (Crowded Kitchen) is made with fire-roasted tomatoes. Serve with rice, quesadillas or fresh cilantro (coriander).
White Bean Spinach Soup (Crowded Kitchen) is made with lots of healthy veggies, and takes just 30 minutes. Very easy to make, this is an ideal fibre-rich winter soup, nice leftover the next day.