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Vegetarian Bean Soup

three bean soup

It’s January in Minnesota and that means slick roads in the morning, weird winter fog, and temperatures that make exercise outside a challenge.  I think Minnesota winters are the reason the treadmill was invented.

The cold can make keeping fit a challenge.  Thank goodness for yoga!  😉.  And hey, I haven’t injured myself for a while during exercise.  Woohoo!

By now you’ve probably caught on that I’m a fan of sugar in all its wonderful applications.  But even someone with a sweet tooth like mine can get burnt out on it, and that definitely happened after Christmas.

Generally I think I’m actually a pretty healthy eater. I just love to splurge on special occasions. (Quick, someone come up with a new holiday!). 😄.   So actually it’s been a relief to get back into the good-eating habit.  I haven’t been dreaming of milkshakes or anything (that I remember, anyway).

three bean soup

That brings us to this soup.  I’m a huge fan of soup.  I think I could eat it alone or with a sandwich every day in the winter.  And usually I like to make sure my soup is healthy.  I’m really not a fan of all the hidden salt that’s usually in it.

This soup is rich and hearty, perfect for a cold, blustery day.  And it’s really simple to make!  Yippee!  It’s filled with beans and veggies, and is almost reminiscent of chili.  And the best part is that it’s a soup you can feel really great about.

The high here on Sunday is going to be about three degrees, so you know I’m going to have another batch of this ready to beat the cold.

Stay warm!

three bean soup

(Adapted from a Healthy Three Bean Soup on PopSugar Fitness)

5.0 from 2 reviews
Vegetarian Bean Soup
  • 2 green peppers, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped into larger pieces
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 16 oz low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.
  3. Combine the first eleven ingredient together in a medium bowl and toss together.
  4. Spread the ingredients onto the prepared pan and roast for 15 minutes
  5. While the vegetables are roasting, add the remaining ingredients to a large soup pot and bring to a low simmer over medium-low heat.
  6. Remove the vegetables from the oven and smash the garlic cloves.
  7. Add the vegetables and garlic to the soup pot and return to a simmer.
  8. Simmer on low for twenty minutes so the flavors can blend. Remove the bay leaves before serving.


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  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary January 9, 2016, 7:59 am

    Yay to not injuring yourself during workouts! Double yay to no dreams of milkshakes! And triple Yaaay to this soup! Love vegetarian bean soups and yours looks delicious! Hearty, comforting and perfect for the weird, foggy cold weather! Cheers, girlfriend! <3

    • Amanda January 9, 2016, 2:21 pm

      Thanks, Cheyanne! Not dreaming about milkshakes is a big step for me. And not dreaming of chocolate. The high is negative three today and I’m totally getting my soup on! Have a great weekend!

  • Karen @ The Food Charlatan January 10, 2016, 1:55 pm

    You are so right, the treadmill was no doubt invented by a Minnesotan!! Bean soup was probably invented by someone in similar weather I bet. It is just the best medicine for cold days. It looks so good Amanda!

    • Amanda January 11, 2016, 2:31 pm

      Thanks so much, Karen! Let’s just all huddle under the blankets and wait until spring comes. 🙂

  • Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop January 11, 2016, 6:33 am

    Brrr….try to stay warm. This soup will help. I love all beans. Looks great!

    • Amanda January 11, 2016, 2:31 pm

      Thanks, Kathy. It’s twelve degrees today. That’s a heatwave compared to what it’s been! Woohoo! 🙂

  • Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry January 11, 2016, 11:41 am

    Soup is my go to in the winter months! It is so hearty and comforting.

    • Amanda January 11, 2016, 2:33 pm

      Thanks so much Nicole!

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice January 11, 2016, 2:55 pm

    It’s so cold here in Chicago, too…I am not like the negative temps! This soup looks like just the meal I need to keep warm. I love that you made a vegetarian version, Amanda!

    • Amanda January 11, 2016, 9:36 pm

      Thanks, Gayle! I’m definitely ready for it to warm up! 🙂

  • Aria January 11, 2016, 3:23 pm

    Oh my word, brrr. Brr brrr brrrr. BRRRR! I am freezing just thinking about your weather. I live south, so our weather is a low of 19 and a high of 50 right now. My cats are outdoor, and they sleep in the garage. My oldest, Luvems has been crying at all the glass doors wanting to come in! I’m thinking of getting him a wool sweater and leather boots. This bean soup looks delicious and so hearty and warm for this weather! Southerners are freaking out and preparing for snow. I guess, compared with Minnesota weather, it’s nothing!

    • Amanda January 11, 2016, 9:39 pm

      Thanks! You know, up here in Minnesota we are so weird. The first time the temperatures get back up 45 people walk around with flip flops on and shorts…even though there are still snowdrifts all over. Haha. 😄. I have to say that Luvems is a super cute cat name! Adorable!

  • Sam @ SugarSpunRun January 11, 2016, 3:27 pm

    Yikes I don’t think I could handle Minnesota winters, I hate the cold! I love this recipe for something a bit healthier for dinner, especially since (unlike you) I have already injured myself (more like over-worked out my calves… I can hardly walk!!), so if I can’t make it to the gym at least I can eat a bit better! 🙂

    • Amanda January 11, 2016, 9:41 pm

      Thanks, Sam! Oh, no. I hope you feel better soon! If I were you I’d get a little bell and have people bring you chocolate and delicious coffee until you’re healed. 😀

  • Eva @ Eva Bakes January 11, 2016, 5:41 pm

    What a thick and hearty soup! Stay warm in Minnesota! Just thinking about your winters makes me cold!

    • Amanda January 11, 2016, 9:43 pm

      Thanks, Eva! I have my coat that is good for up to 40 degrees below zero, so I’m good. And isn’t it sad that people who aren’t Arctic explorers would need such a coat? 😄

  • Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks January 11, 2016, 7:36 pm

    Well, thank goodness you have not injured yourself with the exercising! I think I would hurt myself getting to this soup though! Your weather sounds like you really need some warming comfort food!

    • Amanda January 11, 2016, 9:46 pm

      Thanks, Rachelle! Injuring myself while exercising is just a matter of time. I think maybe I should switch to arm lifts by lifting chocolate to my mouth. ✌️

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