Beetroot Soup with Kidney Beans

Beetroot Soup with Kidney Beans

I've come across so many delicious recipes for beets lately I just had to buy some. Sadly, they sat neglected in the pantry for a few days because I couldn't decide which recipe to make first. That's the only trouble with having an extensive collection of recipes at your fingertips. I finally settled on a slightly modified version of Johanna's chunky beetroot soup with kidney beans. This is quite possibly one of the healthiest vegetable soups I have ever eaten. It's packed full of healthy root vegetables, filled out with some plump red kidney beans, and the seasoned broth is a perfect base for all of the chunky vegetables. Once you finish assembling the ingredients, it's a very easy and trouble-free soup to make. Johanna served hers for a summer meal, but it is equally satisfying for those of us enduring a brutally long and cold winter. If you haven't checked out Johanna's site, I highly recommend that you do. Readers are treated to thoughtful writing, mouthwatering photographs and a frequent selection of delicious vegetarian recipes. Even if you aren't a vegetarian, you are sure to enjoy Johanna's varied assortment of culinary offerings.

Beetroot Soup with Kidney Beans

Beetroot Soup with Kidney BeansBeetroot Soup with Kidney Beans
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Adapted from Green Gourmet Giraffe
Published on February 28, 2008

Colorful, warming, hearty and nourishing winter soup with red kidney beans, cabbage, beets and plenty of other vegetables

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  • 1/2 cup dried red kidney beans (1 1/2 cups cooked or 1 14 oz can)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 large turnip, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 large beets (1 lb or 450 g), peeled and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme (1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 8 cups water or vegetable stock
  • 2 large potatoes (1 lb or 450 g), diced
  • 1 cup white mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups red cabbage, chopped
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt, or to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • plain yogurt and fresh dill for garnish
  • Rinse the kidney beans and soak for 8 hours or overnight in several inches of water. Drain and rinse, then transfer to a medium saucepan and cover with several inches of fresh water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until tender. Drain and set aside.

  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan or soup pot over medium heat. When hot, toss in the onion and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic, carrot, turnip, celery, beets and thyme, and pour in the water or vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.

  • Now add the kidney beans, potatoes, cabbage, mushrooms, jalapeños and dill. Simmer for another 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Add more water or vegetable stock if a thinner soup is desired.

  • Stir in the balsamic vinegar and season with salt and black pepper. Serve hot with a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkle with fresh dill in each bowl. Serve with crusty bread for a satisfying meal.

Makes 10 to 12 servings
Beetroot Soup with Kidney Beans


Peter M said...

The onions in beet soups balances the sweetness, ya did good with 2 onions here Lisa.

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Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Johanna's beet soup sounds wonderful with the baked beets. I know I am Canadian when I no longer call it beetroot and just plain old beets :D

Lisa Turner said...

You can tell I read many blogs and cookbooks from around the world when I find myself commonly referring to beets as beetroot, though I've lived in Canada my whole life :)

Johanna GGG said...

glad you enjoyed the soup lisa - it is one of my favourites of late I think. Thanks for your kind comments!

zlamushka said...

Lisa, Thank You so much for mentioning my borsch soup. I was very happy you made one yourself. Red beets are so good for us :-)

ingus said...

Making my first soup ever...