North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (2024)

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (1)

MyRecipes Member

Rating: 5 stars

01/05/2022

My family and I love this recipe! I add celery to this and sometimes potatoes to make it extra filling. If I have enough for the next day I also like to add cream or sour cream to change up the flavor and make it extra creamy.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (2)

TheGrunk

Rating: 5 stars

01/31/2021

This recipe went into my “must make” soups every soup season years ago. Since going vegan nearly two years ago it’s still a “must make” though my veganized version. Today I made it again using the Beyond Meat Brats. You could not tell the difference between the regular and my vegan version. Love it!

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (3)

susan

Rating: 4 stars

02/17/2016

I thought I had made this recipe years ago (along with the Spicy Mulligatawny in the same article - wow!), but I had none of my usual notes written on the page, so I used the reader improvements listed here. I didn't have Italian spice, so I used a tablespoon of oregano, basil (1/2 tsp each), thyme and rosemary (roughly 1/4 tsp each) with a bit of poultry seasoning for the sage and marjoram and a few red pepper flakes. I also used an extra garlic clove and a sliced celery stalk and puréed with my stick blender; I still didn't think it was thick enough, so I added cornstarch dissolved in water and let it bubble away until I liked the stew-like consistency (my husband isn't a fan of soup for dinner even when he has a raging cold, so I wanted it chunky AND thick!). That made it perfect! Very satisfying, especially for such a tasty and easy soup recipe. Definitely recommended!

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (4)

daneanp

Rating: 4 stars

10/26/2015

For as easy as this one is, it tastes like it took all day! I made it even easier by using my immersion blender and blending it right in the pot. Great soup for a stormy fall/winter night.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (5)

KDiDo00

Rating: 5 stars

04/14/2014

I really loved this soup. It was better the 2nd day. I put shaved parmesan on it. YUM!

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (6)

JerriOO

Rating: 5 stars

02/07/2014

I added extra kielbasa only. Love this recipe. I froze several containers for taking for lunch. I am enjoying it re-heated even more!

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (7)

EllenFL

Rating: 3 stars

01/16/2014

Very good, puree more than the two cups tho.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (8)

brighteyes8

Rating: 5 stars

11/22/2013

Four stars for flavor, extra fifth star for the amount of deliciousness you get from such an easy and quick recipe. The Italian seasoning is wonderful here; totally agree it needs to be doubled to 1 t. The meat does not need to be doubled unless you are a meat-a-holic. It needs a little more salt, too, as usual with CL recipes, but taste before you decide.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (9)

SweetTeainTN

Rating: 5 stars

11/17/2013

Great flavor. I did double the Italian seasoning and added extra turkey. Next time I plan on using three cans of beans. My husband loved this soup and we will definitely be making it again.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (10)

Mikaleena

Rating: 5 stars

10/16/2013

Absolutely fantastic! I forgot to purée 2 cups so I just mashed some beans in the pot and it was just delicious and creamy!

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (11)

bureaugirl

Rating: 5 stars

06/30/2013

Unbelievable flavor from canned beans. So creamy, tasty and easy. I love, love this recipe!

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (12)

TanyaEll

Rating: 5 stars

05/22/2013

Husband and son loved this recipe. I doubled the Italian spices and the kielbasa. I also added an extra can of beans after adding the pureed mixture back. Will definitely make again!

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (13)

PeteSoup

Rating: 4 stars

04/10/2013

I enjoyed this soup a fair amount. It was quick and filling. I will certainly make it again with a few adjustments. The changes I made this time were to double the kielbasa, use oregano instead of Italian seasoning, and use cannellini beans instead of Great Northern because it was the closest thing I could find at the store. I also skipped the blending section of the instructions. As usual, I added grated cheddar and a few croutons which really made the soup fill out for me. I like the other reviewers' suggestion of adding red pepper flakes; I will try that next time.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (14)

BetteBarnett

Rating: 5 stars

03/08/2013

Delicious Soup....particularly for a chilly day. I used fresh kale instead of spinach. It was really good, but the spinach would be a bit more tender. I loved this recipe, and as an added bonus, it's chock full of nutrients with almost no fat. A keeper.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (15)

DRLAURAS

Rating: 5 stars

02/06/2013

Loved this soup, as did my family. Will try adding steamed cabbage and using vegetarian Italian sausage next time, but it is quite tasty in its original form. Double the recipe!

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (16)

erinslog

Rating: 5 stars

01/30/2013

I love this soup! I just made a couple of small changes as per recommendations and my own preferences. I diced carrots and added diced celery. I sautéed the garlic, onion and celery with a splash of olive oil and a sprinkle of red chili flakes. I diced up 2 bison smokies and some leftover ham and added them to cook with the aromatics. Then I added the carrots and 6 cups broth and 2 cups water plus the seasonings plus 3 bay leaves and the beans (I used navy/white beans). I let it slowly boil over about an hour till the carrots were done and the flavors mingled. With the spinach addition at the end I added a pinch of nutmeg (brings out the flavor in spinach). I served with homemade drop biscuits. Yum!

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (17)

lynnejones

Rating: 5 stars

01/24/2013

Simple, delicious, and all gone!

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (18)

letseatwell

Rating: 5 stars

12/23/2012

Really enjoyed. Would definitely make again. Only change made included addition of crushed red pepper flakes per another reviewer's suggestion

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (19)

JanisLaVelle

Rating: 5 stars

09/17/2012

Very good and easy to make. Will make several times. One of the families favorites...

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (20)

Kalehue

Rating: 5 stars

09/16/2012

I'm amazed that there is anyone who would not love this recipe. It was so easy and so delicious! I took suggestions from other previous reviewers and compiled them to make the changes I made -- specifically, I diced the carrots and onions and added two ribs of diced celery. I sauteed the vegetables in a little olive oil (rather than using cooking spray). I used three cans of beans (instead of two) and pureed one before adding it the mixture -- and I used 8 cups of broth (because we like broth) -- plus, I used the entire package of turkey kielbasa. It was a hit with the entire family and I can't wait to make it again. Very delicious and satisfying.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (21)

bedin003

Rating: 5 stars

09/08/2012

Super easy to make and absolutely delicious. Will definitely make again.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (22)

TinyGMa

Rating: 5 stars

02/04/2012

I always follow a new recipe as closely as possible the first time, and both my husband and I liked the flavors and textures very much, especially considering the quick preparation time. Next time, I'll probably add some red pepper flakes and experiment with other greens and maybe even add potatoes. I think this is an easy and delicious basic soup that can be varied endlessly.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (23)

rdaskalos78

Rating: 4 stars

02/01/2012

This was a very hearty and satisfying soup. I did make a few changes to suit my tastes better. I julienned the carrots instead of using halved baby carrots. I figured they wouldn't cook all the way through with the allotted time. I also used kale in place of the baby spinach because I wanted something just a bit more substantial, which I added just after adding the puree back to the pot. I added 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper to add a bit of a kick and 1/2 tsp of apple cider vinegar to my bowl just before serving to add a little acidic bite, which turned out terrific! I think it could have used a little salt, but I am trying to eat better, so I left it as is. I will definitely make this again.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (25)

MeeshMech79

Rating: 5 stars

01/22/2012

I made this as directed but added just a dash of crushed red pepper & used the entire package of kielbasa. It was great- nice thick, warm flavor.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (26)

Lalalee

Rating: 4 stars

01/17/2012

thought it had great flavor- particularly considering how fast it cooks. I would probably double the recipe next time for more leftovers!

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (27)

VickiJames

Rating: 3 stars

01/12/2012

I made this last night and thought it was pleasant, but not as outstanding as other readers have found it to be. I followed the recipe exactly, except I did use up my whole package of turkey sausage. Turkey keilbasa was not available at my grocery store. I'll be interested to see how the leftovers taste.......

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (28)

Alisa7

Rating: 5 stars

01/10/2012

My family loves soup - anytime of year. We're very critical of soup recipes! This is our new favorite. My husband and I are in the first phase of a strict diet that doesn't allow carrots the first weeks, so I omitted them. I used smoked turkey sausage (couldn't find the turkey kielbasa at my store). We just had it a week ago. I'm making it again tonight - a double batch! My husband brags to everyone about this soup.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (29)

julisanderson

Rating: 5 stars

12/30/2011

Couldn't find Great Northern Beans, so I used White kidney beans - so easy and so good!

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (30)

nataliestill

Rating: 5 stars

12/30/2011

Loved it! Pureed a bit and gave to my 8 month old niece as babyfood and she loved it too! Great with garlic ciabatta bread....

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (31)

alicefromga

Rating: 4 stars

12/29/2011

Really tasty! The only problem I ran into was I used my immersion blender and pureed ALL of the beans. Maybe next time I will add a little less broth and maybe add some tomatoes. Served with jalapeno cheese corn muffins.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (32)

Susie1

Rating: 5 stars

12/28/2011

I didn't have enough sausage so I added some smoked ham to equal 7 oz's. Was very hearty and tasty. Would be good also with a smoked turkey leg. Will make it again.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (33)

mtutt1970

Rating: 5 stars

12/21/2011

Delicious & very easy. I used Casual Gourmet roasted red pepper & spinach chicken sausage (because I had it in the freezer) & navy beans. Followed the recipe but used immersion blender in the pot as recommended by a friend. Turned out great. Topped off with a few dashes of LA Hot Sauce & cornbread. Very good!

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (34)

MichaelSchilke

Rating: 5 stars

12/17/2011

Well, just finished a huge bowl of this and have to say it is as good as it sounded. It's like something you would be served in a Tuscan farmhouse. This is a keeper. A very hearty winter soup that is perfect for a cold night-- a whole meal in one pot!!

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (35)

yellowduck79

Rating: 4 stars

12/16/2011

I thought this was pretty good. I used kale instead of spinach and I added it during the "bring to a boil and simmer" part (after adding the broth, beans, etc.), so it had time to soften up a bit. Another change I made was that I only blended one of the cans of beans (just stuck my immersion blender right in the can), as opposed to blending 2 c. of entire soup. For some reason, I didn't want to blend the kielbasa...but I think it had a similar consistency to original recipe. I'm sure I used more garlic than called for, I usually do. And I also added an 1/8 t. (or less) red pepper flakes, but I'll add more next time. I think I'll add some tomatoes next time, too. I meant to this time, after reading a review, but forgot. Overall, it was quite tasty!

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (36)

KernColeman

Rating: 5 stars

12/16/2011

We loved this soup! I was out of Italian seasoning, and used a packet of Zesty Italian dressing mix, and it was great.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (37)

tdmcm1963

Rating: 5 stars

12/16/2011

I made this for dinner last night. My husband & I really liked the flavor. It was so delicious that I had some for lunch today. My kids wouldn't try it though. (Oh well. Their loss) This soup doesn't look as good as it tastes. Maybe that's why my kids wouldn't try it. I wouldn't serve this on a special occasion. But it is great on a cold December night, served with cornbread. I also made fried potatoes for my husband. I made one substitution. I used regular Polska Kielbasa instead of turkey kielbasa. Of course I'm sure that made the calorie count higher. Overall I thought this was a great recipe that I plan on making again.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (38)

judykoning

Rating: 5 stars

12/15/2011

We love this soup. Very easy and flavorful.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (39)

marynmartin

Rating: 5 stars

12/15/2011

Just made this soup. Got the recipe from a friend. It is delicious and the nutrition facts are great. Easy to make, tastes great, healthy. all positives for this soup.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (40)

COLORADOcookin

Rating: 5 stars

11/08/2011

This is such a good soup! I didn't have dried Italian seasoning so I substituted some 1/2 tsp. oregano, 1/2 tsp basil, pinch tsp. sage, pinch crushed red pepper. This soup has a beautiful texture and taste.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (41)

Trishia64

Rating: 5 stars

11/06/2011

Quick. Simple. Delicious. What more could you ask for? The only change I made was to use my immersion blender instead of a regular blender - because it's easier. I love that this soup uses pantry and refrigerator staples - no special ingredients to buy.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (42)

DivaliciousB

Rating: 4 stars

10/14/2011

I followed the outline of the recipe but added cremini mushrooms, shallots, Orzo pasta, and another 2 cups of broth(the Orzo soaks up the liquid). I also added cayenne pepper to the broth and used hot Italian chicken sausage instead of kielbasa in order to create a spicier flavor profile. The broth is kind of bland so I added salt, garlic powder, and onion powder to taste. I did NOT puree this soup, I like chunky soups and love the hearty winter soups. I did without the spinach but topped it instead with some asiago cheese which brought out the flavors in the sausage and the Italian herbs.The man loved it so much he went back for seconds and it was amazing as left overs! Will make this again :)

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (43)

MereUbu

Rating: 1 stars

10/06/2011

I've been cooking out of Cooking Light for over a decade, and this is the only recipe I've ever X'd out in my cookbook so that I don't mess up and make it again. (I've actually added the annotation "Yuck-o!" out to the side.) Just terribly bland, and it never seemed to transcend its individual ingredients to become something more than the sum of its parts.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (44)

MrsSWO

Rating: 5 stars

10/03/2011

Making this recipe again for dinner tonight. We are a soup family and this is one my 14 year old loves. I usually add an extra can of beans and substitute the turkey kielbasa (don't like turkey sausages of any kind) for andouille sausage which gives it a good kick. And I don't puree. We like it chunky. Great for a chilly fall night with lots of crusty bread!

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (45)

megshead

Rating: 5 stars

09/05/2011

I love this soup. I discovered it last year and have made it once a month since. My only advice is as follows. 1) Cut the kielbasa into smaller pieces - it goes better with the size of the beans and the other veggies 2) Brown the Kielbasa first before adding the veggies - it gives it better color 3) when you puree the 2 cups, use as few beans as possible, or add more beans the recipe requires. 4) The recipe does not explain that you are pureeing everything in those 2 cups (beans, sausage, veggies and broth). Make sure you have a good distribution of it all in the blender or food processor.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (46)

DJHorak

Rating: 5 stars

08/16/2011

I did not have all the same ingredients, so I was forced to substitute the spinach for kale and the kielbasa for hot turkey sausage and it was still outstanding. Highly recommend this soup!!!

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (47)

Kilyena

Rating: 5 stars

05/13/2011

Delicious! Can't say enough about this recipe. Only change we made was doubled the kielbasa. It's fast and easy and oh sooo good!!

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (48)

elenaash

Rating: 5 stars

03/06/2011

Seriously delicious and easy to make. No changes.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (49)

ESmith6

Rating: 5 stars

03/05/2011

Delicious soup! I've made it twice now and loved it both times. The first time I used hot italian turkey sausage instead of the kielbasa. Different flavors but it's good both ways. I will definitely make this again.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (50)

Chicagobsw

Rating: 3 stars

03/02/2011

Watch how much garlic is added...as much as a garlic-lover I am, I should have stuck with what the recipe called for...Next time, I will! :-)

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (51)

LToner

Rating: 5 stars

02/16/2011

I LOVE this soup! I keep it made up and in my freezer for a quick and easy meal. It really excellent!

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (52)

Jazzy1

Rating: 4 stars

01/28/2011

I followed the recipe exactly, and the soup was delicious. I added a cup of steamed cabbage to my serving for extra vegetables. It was awesome. I had a slice of Texas Toast with it.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (53)

DebraV

Rating: 5 stars

01/18/2011

This is the second time making this recipe - we just love it. I didn't change a thing. Sent some over to my Dad who made a point to call me and tell me how much he enjoyed it. I found a big round loaf of crusty bread to go with it.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (54)

teresama

Rating: 5 stars

01/09/2011

We thought the flavor was unbeatable, but I would have liked more broth and less beans...I am going to try one can, instead of two, northern beans next time. Otherwise, no need to keep searching for the 'ultimate' northern bean soup recipe. Still 5 stars!!

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (55)

jessica13572468

Rating: 5 stars

01/06/2011

Amazing. Simply amazing. I would 100% make this recipe again! It was so hard not to pick out & eat all the kielbasa :)

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (56)

Lbwilk

Rating: 5 stars

01/05/2011

Wow. The previous reviewers were right -- this recipe is delicious. I found myself enjoying it more and more with every bite. I doubled the garlic and added shaved Asiago cheese on top. Served with hot cornbread muffins -- fantastic meal!

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (57)

Debbie17

Rating: 3 stars

01/05/2011

I gave it 3 stars, like another reader said she would if she had not made some modifications. I made the soup as directed and it was fine, but not so special. So, like some other readers, I sauteed the other sausage that came in the pack with 3 more cloves of garlic. I then pureed that with a little soup and added it back. It then became a z5 star recipe.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (58)

CCWJBW

Rating: 2 stars

01/04/2011

Could be better with a more flavorful sausage

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (59)

Oblivity

Rating: 5 stars

01/02/2011

Another easy and delicious recipe from cooking light! I'll make this one at least twice a month for a week night meal. I used an immersion hand blender and saved some time with the transferring and the clean up. I served this with some french bread and a sprinkle of freshly grated parm. I could see this working with any kind of leftover meat or greens that are in season.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (60)

CarolIac

Rating: 5 stars

12/30/2010

Delicious! Doubled the garlic and used turkey sausage.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (61)

eggplant

Rating: 5 stars

12/29/2010

This was wonderful. DH said this one is a keeper, I agree.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (62)

electrolam

Rating: 5 stars

12/27/2010

I've made this soup with the Turkey Kielbasa and also with the leftover ham from Xmas Dinner. Both ways were absolutely outstanding. There is nothing I would change, great recipe!

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (63)

JHN2003

Rating: 5 stars

12/27/2010

This is a great tasting soup that's easy to make and delicious. I love the kielbasa flavor and with the beans its very filling and hearty. Its so easy that even my fiance can make it! Its perfect for a cold winter night or great on a ski trip.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (64)

stra23

Rating: 1 stars

12/27/2010

Although the soup had a nice smokey kind of flavor and was easy to make, it looked nothing like the photograph. I followed the directions exactly, but it came out completely different than what I had expected. It was more mushy than soupy. This is one recipe that I won't write home about, and will probably not make again. My family was not crazy about it unfortunately.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (65)

BridgetteL

Rating: 5 stars

12/24/2010

I managed to take a perfectly healthy recipe and make it unhealthy - but it was fabulous. I was short on chicken broth so I added 1 can of cream of chicken soup. Next time I'll be sure to make sure I have all/enough of all ingrediants but I have to say...it wasn't a bad substitution.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (66)

lisam222

Rating: 5 stars

12/24/2010

I've been making a variation for years-a cool-weather go-to. I stock up on turkey sausage when it goes on sale, buy a large bag of frozen chopped spinach to keep on hand in the freezer, and always have chicken stock and beans in the pantry (I use cannelini). For a heartier meal I add whole wheat pasta, like shells or elbows, and let it all simmer together. Sprinkle some parmesian or romano on top and it's delicious! Talk about comfort food!

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (67)

floridacooks

Rating: 5 stars

12/23/2010

This is a regular in our house. Excellent, great seasoning to it and I'm not a real big soup person, but this gets made very often in the cooler months.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (68)

MyRecipes Member

Rating: 5 stars

12/14/2010

This is a beautiful thing. Simple, healthy and most of all, delicious. The only thing I changed was I saute the veggies in a little olive oil instead of using cooking spray, and added more Italian seasoning to suit our taste. Reheats wonderful.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (69)

ToniAnn45

Rating: 5 stars

12/08/2010

Instead of spinach, I added kale from our garden. Absolutely delicious & very healthy.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (70)

nanakay

Rating: 5 stars

11/22/2010

Fabulous, easy and delicious! I let it simmer while we were having co*cktails. I added the spinach right before serving. My company left with the recipe. That's always a sign it's a keeper.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (71)

Girlycook

Rating: 5 stars

11/03/2010

Seriously, you have to make this dish. It's not only cheap to make, it's incredibly easy, quick and delicious! Next day leftovers for lunch were even better! I would be delighted to eat this soup at any nice restaurant. I used all of the Kielbasa sausage (i.e. 14oz) and added another cup of stock, a little dried onion flakes and garlic powder to the recipe. The spinach was so pretty as the finishing touch, and made the dish taste and feel very healthy. :)

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (72)

irishmaiden222

Rating: 4 stars

11/02/2010

Very good, very easy! The only thing I will change is a little less broth. I think I would prefer it to be a little thicker. Served it with a hearty whole grain bread.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (73)

RN2Cook

Rating: 5 stars

10/31/2010

Loved this soup, the kids loved this soup. Easy to prepare with ingredients commonly found in the pantry. Served with grilled cheese sandwiches for the boys and salad for adults. Definitely will prepare again.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (74)

JennifersUnique

Rating: 5 stars

10/30/2010

Amazing recipe. A true find! Doubled spices, doubled garlic, added a can of black eyed peas (mashed before I added), added half can of diced tomatoes. I am glad I made double the recipe! Also good with a little red pepper and sour cream. Served with French bread.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (75)

demopo

Rating: 3 stars

10/03/2010

My husband did not like this at all; he said there were too many competing flavors. I liked it, but thought it was nothing great...I followed the recipe, but added a bit more garlic and pepper. Since only I ate it, I will not make this again.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (76)

steponme

Rating: 5 stars

09/28/2010

This was a tasty satisfying meal. I would have never thought to puree some of the soup and return it to the pot to give it that creamy velvety texture! I served with crusty french bread for dipping in the delicious broth.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (77)

tracydoran

Rating: 5 stars

09/21/2010

I have been making this recipe for years, its easy and very filling. It is one of our favorites during those very cold winter nights here in New York.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (78)

StarrK

Rating: 5 stars

09/21/2010

I haven't met a man who doesn't love this soup! If you are looking for a dish that men will eat up....this is it. Of course, the women are pretty fond of it, too :)

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (79)

CaliMommy

Rating: 5 stars

05/26/2010

We really enjoyed this. I did what some others suggested and added an extra can of beans, and doubled the recipe. I also used fresh thyme, oregano, basil and parsley. A little dash of red pepper too. I think I'll add more meat next time. Served it with some crusty bread. Will make this again! :)

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (80)

greenbean320

Rating: 5 stars

02/19/2010

This was a delicious soup. I would suggest making a double batch. It went too quickly.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (81)

amcrevasse

Rating: 5 stars

02/10/2010

Perfect recipe for being snowed in. Followed other reviews and added 2 teas of italian seasoning, 1/4 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes for some spice and threw the whole bag of spinach in. Also added the whole package of kielbasa. Delicious!

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (82)

Pam410

Rating: 3 stars

02/09/2010

I loved this. I made two batches of it. 1 for my husband and son and put red pepper flakes in it to spice it up and the other batch I brought to work. IT WAS A HIT!!!!!

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (83)

Iloveit

Rating: 5 stars

01/30/2010

Felt this was a 3* recipe, but became a 5* after doubling garlic, adding 1 tsp ea basil, oregano & some fresh thyme, adding another can of beans after pureeing and using 12 oz turkey andouille sausage & more spinach. This gave it a little more substance, and I think did not compromise the healthy recipe. Great flavor! Loved it.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (84)

Sitara

Rating: 5 stars

01/24/2010

I lost this recipe after making it once and was so glad it was easy to find again! Super easy, flavors layer beautifully, and my 9-year old scarfed it down in minutes and asked for seconds. How can you top that?

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (85)

TriShacker

Rating: 5 stars

01/11/2010

This was so easy to make that I was suprised it was so good. Great for a cold winter night at home and I saved leftovers to bring for lunch. I will defintely make it again. I served it with a side salad. I followed the instructions exactly, but I did add some celery in with the carrot and onion because I had some extra that I needed to use.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (86)

KCfoodie

Rating: 5 stars

01/09/2010

I have been making this for over 3 years now and look forward to Winter just to make this soup. I have served to family and Lenten suppers at church. It is just fantastic and so easy. Don't skimp on the spinach. Throw in the whole bag per the recipe.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (87)

ejohnsoz

Rating: 5 stars

01/02/2010

I made this to take to work for lunch and plan to have a salad on the side. It's excellent. I doubled the garlic and spices and added salt to taste, and also used a bit of canola oil instead of nonstick spray. One hint - I have yet to meet the "pan" that can accommodate 4 cups of liquid. You have to transfer it to a "pot" after sauteeing. Will definitely make this again.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (88)

Rondle

Rating: 5 stars

12/09/2009

EASY, wonderful, tasteful, colorful...Love it

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (89)

ColoradoShannon

Rating: 5 stars

11/14/2009

Easy and delicious. I added an additional clove of garlic, a little more sausage, and doubled the seasoning... turned out wonderfully.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (90)

scargosun

Rating: 5 stars

11/03/2009

OMG! I made this last night and thought it was good. Today I had it for lunch and it was AMAZING! Seriously one of the best soups I have ever had. Will make again...double to freeze.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (91)

graciegus

Rating: 5 stars

04/06/2009

Love this soup. Make it all of the time. A definite staple for quick and easy dinners at our house. Any leftovers I freeze in single serving portions for a quick lunch to grab on the way out the door to work. I use the shredded carrots from Trader Joes and it works perfectly.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (92)

nansmi

Rating: 3 stars

04/04/2009

I'm in Denver and it's cold and snowing, so thought this soup would be perfect. My husband and I really enjoyed it. Only change I made was to add some red pepper flakes because we like a little more spice. Served with some garlic toast and a fruit salad for dessert. Made enough for two meals. Will definitely make again.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (93)

NutsinNormal

Rating: 4 stars

04/04/2009

Count me as another fan of this easy, yet satisfying, soup. My husband liked it even more than I did, which is saying a lot... I served it with CL's Ugly Bread, which made for a cozy dinner on a cold Saturday night.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (94)

boogeley

Rating: 5 stars

01/12/2009

Probably just as great as written, but I used Trader Joe's vegetarian italian sausage, added celery, and used oregano, basil, and herbs de provence (2 tsp total), plus I had a parmesan rind so I threw that in. Might try a can of tomatoes too next time. Very hearty with lots of flavor.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (95)

KelliCooks

Rating: 4 stars

01/06/2009

Quick, easy, inexpensive and tasty. What more could you want? I think it would be easy to tweak the spices to adapt to what ingredients you have on hand also. Great go-to.

North Woods Bean Soup Recipe (96)

ChefLindsay510

Rating: 5 stars

12/02/2008

This soup was easy to make and requires very inexpensive ingredients. It's extremely flavorful, and a big plus-my husband who doesn't like green veggies will eat this soup without a fuss! It's great with Jiffy cornbread!

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FAQs

What thickens bean soup? ›

To thicken the broth in bean soup, you can try the following methods:
  1. Mashing a Portion of Beans: Gently mash a portion of the cooked beans against the side of the pot. ...
  2. Addition of Cornstarch or Flour: Create a slurry by mixing equal parts cornstarch or flour with water. ...
  3. Use of Potato Flakes or Mash.
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What does bean soup do to you? ›

Beans are an excellent source of nutrients and offer numerous health benefits. They're a great of plant-based protein, fiber, iron and antioxidants. Eating beans on a regular basis can help in maintaining a healthy weight, reducing the risk of chronic diseases and supporting your gut health.

Why is my bean soup not thickening? ›

Add More Beans

As the beans cook, they naturally release starches that will help thicken the soup. You can either add a can of pre-cooked beans or cook a batch of dry beans separately and then incorporate them into the soup. This not only thickens the broth but also adds extra texture and flavor to your soup.

What if my bean soup needs more flavor? ›

Try adding some acidity. A splash of lemon juice or a tablespoon of white wine vinegar can brighten the flavors of the soup.

Can you overcook bean soup? ›

Can you overcook beans in soup? Absolutely. If you cook the soup for too long, the beans will become mushy and potentially even lose their shape. If this happens, this is the biggest indicator that the beans have been overcooked.

Is it healthy to eat bean soup everyday? ›

Absolutely, bean soup can be a fantastic addition to your daily diet, but like everything, it should be consumed in moderation and as part of a balanced diet. Rich in Fiber: Beans are a stellar source of dietary fiber, which aids in digestion and helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

What are the healthiest beans for soup? ›

Navy beans, also known as haricot beans, Boston beans, and pea beans, are a rich source of fiber, protein, folate, and many other essential nutrients. Their creamy texture and nutty taste make them a popular addition to soups and stews.

What happens to your body when you eat a lot of beans? ›

Regular consumption of beans has been linked to a reduced risk of obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer, while also aiding in controlling blood sugar levels and promoting digestive health.

What is the difference between bean soup and soup beans? ›

Soup beans are not soup, but these slowly simmered beans are soupy, bathed in a rich, creamy, nutritious pot likker (or "pot liquor") that's inseparable from the beans themselves, sometimes literally. Each time you reheat soup beans, the beans get creamier, and their liquid gets thicker and more delicious.

Why is my bean soup watery? ›

Sometimes soup just needs to simmer longer to reach the perfect consistency. Check to see if the vegetables are tender, and then taste the broth. If the soup tastes a bit watery, give it more time.

Should bean soup be thick or thin? ›

The best bean soups have a thick, stew-like consistency.

Is it better to thicken soup with flour or cornstarch? ›

It's important to note that cornstarch has twice the thickening power of flour. If you need to substitute cornstarch to thicken liquid in a recipe that calls for ¼ cup (four tablespoons) flour, you only need two tablespoons cornstarch.

What is the best thickener for soup? ›

About this method: One of the most common ways to thicken sauces and soups is with a starch-based slurry, and cornstarch is a popular choice. Cornstarch is flavorless, easy to mix up, and versatile, which makes it a go-to pantry ingredient.

How do you thicken broth in bean soup? ›

Add Flour Or Cornstarch

You can thicken soup by adding flour, cornstarch, or another starchy substitute. For the best results, never add flour or cornstarch directly to your soup. If you do, it will clump up on top. Instead, ladle a small amount of broth into a separate bowl and let it cool.

How do you make bean liquid thicker? ›

After boiling the beans, you can add water to achieve your desired consistency. One way is to boil the beans until they are soft, then remove them from heat and cover with at least an inch of cold water. The beans will soak up some of the remaining hot water while they cool and release starches which thicken them.

How do you thicken watery beans? ›

Use starches to thicken beans

Simply add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to 1 cup of water or to the liquid from the baked beans (scoop it out into a separate bowl and let it cool first) and mix. Once the starch is thoroughly incorporated, pour the slurry into the baked beans dish and stir.

Does bean soup thicken on its own? ›

Rice, lentils, and beans release a lot of starch and naturally thicken soups simply from simmering, but you can also mash half the cooked rice/lentils/beans before adding to the soup for a simple way to thicken your dish. Alternatively, blend half or all of the soup for a smoother texture.

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