Red Bean and Squash Soup

Red Bean and Squash Soup

After years of relative neglect I've been lately re-discovering winter squashes as a cold-weather kitchen staple, based on the premise which has been suggested to me that our seasonal nutrient requirements correspond with what is obtained in seasonal produce. There is an appealing sense of natural justice and propriety to this claim, but it wouldn't seem to hold quite as much merit by the time February or March comes along, unless all we'd need by then would be onions, cabbages, and root vegetables.

In the event that I'm not about to stop buying oranges or bananas at any time of year, or even berries for that matter, winter squashes are still a lovely base for autumn and winter soups, stews and other pot dishes. Usually a fine source of fiber, potassium and beta carotene as well as smaller amounts of vitamins C and B, magnesium, iron and manganese — depending on the variety — winter squashes are also simple to cook with and adaptable to all sorts of other ingredients, herbs and spicings. This colorful and hearty soup, adapted from Canadian Living, takes very little time to prepare and cook, and is a tasty way to warm and fill the belly on a cool day.

Red Bean and Squash SoupRed Bean and Squash Soup
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Adapted from Canadian Living
Published on November 13, 2008

Simple and delicious red kidney bean and winter squash soup — colorful, hearty and nourishing in the cold weather months

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  • 3/4 cup dried red kidney beans (2 cups cooked or 1 19 oz can)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 medium acorn or other winter squash (about 1 lb or 450 g), peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • Rinse the kidney beans under running water and soak for 8 hours or overnight covered in several inches of cold water with a little yogurt whey or lemon juice added.

  • Drain and rinse the beans, then transfer to a medium saucepan and cover again with several inches of fresh water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the beans are tender but not falling apart. Drain and set aside.

  • Heat a large saucepan or soup pot over medium heat. When hot, add the olive oil, wait a few moments, then swirl around to coat the pan. Toss in the onion, garlic and basil, and sauté for 5 minutes or until the onion is softened.

  • Add the kidney beans, vegetable stock, squash and tomato, raise the heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered until the squash is tender — about 10 minutes. Now add the green pepper and corn and cook for a few minutes to heat the vegetables.

  • Season with salt and plenty of fresh ground black pepper.

  • Serve hot, with fresh bread or a grain on the side.

Makes 6 yo 8 servings

Red Bean and Squash Soup

Another winter squash idea you might enjoy:
Sweet potato squash soup with pinto beans and chard


Allie said...

That looks amazing. The colours all contrast so beautifully!

Laurie Constantino said...

Beautiful soup, and healthy to boot! It's a lovely combination.

Johanna GGG said...

lovely colours - I agree with you about the onions cabbages and root veg - just not enough green veg to feel healthy! Re the winter squash - am sure all those lovely hearty soups on NCR would have you convinced it is just right for this season!

Oh I just realised there are no chillis in the soup - would have thought you would have added one or two :-)

Lisa Turner said...

Johanna, I am sure I added chilies, but just forgot to draft them into my recipe here. Of course they should appear!

Darius T. Williams said...

Really - how can one say no to red beans and squash?!?! I know I certainly can't!


Priya Suresh said...

Wow wat a colour...looks amazing..prefect for winter..

karuna said...

i love such soups. lots of veggies. love the colours of your soup.nice recipe

sunita said...

Lisa, the soup looks so vibrant :-)..I adore squashes .

test it comm said...

I have really been enjoying winter squash lately and this soup looks tasty!

James said...

So that's what I'll do with the left over squash. With the added chilli too.

Anonymous said...

Looks really really good. I love the colors and really nothing like a healthy delicious bowl of soup during a crisp cool day.