Monday, April 21, 2014

Smoky Bacon and Navy Bean Soup

Recipe by Lisa from Second City Vegan

picture of Smoky Bacon and Navy Bean Soup
So it's not really soup season, but this looks so delicious we had to share anyway.

Makes 3-4 bowls.

  • 2 cups dry navy beans
  • 4 medium red potatoes, cubed
  • 1/3 red onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp vegan margarine
  • 2 Tbsp vegan liquid smoke
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or other unsweetened non-dairy beverage)
  • 5 slices of Upton's Naturals Bacon Seitan
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp salt

  1. Soak navy beans in water overnight or for at least 8 hours. Once soaked - rinse and drain.
  2. Pour 6 cups of water into a large soup pan and add beans - boil for 30 minutes.
  3. While the beans are boiling, cube your potatoes and place in a separate bowl. Chop red onion into small pieces and chop bacon into small strips, as well. 
  4. Place 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a small frying pan and fry bacon with onion until the onion is translucent and the bacon is a little browned - set aside.
  5. After beans have cooked for half an hour, drain again. Place 5 fresh cups of water into your soup pot and add beans again, as well as cubed potatoes and bring to a boil.
  6. Dissolve 1 vegetable bouillon cube in 1 cup of boiling water and add to soup mix.
  7. Add 2 Tbsp of liquid smoke and 1 Tbsp of salt and stir.
  8. Allow sup mix to boil for 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Take off heat and use potato masher to mash soup mix.
  9. Once beans and potatoes have been mashed, add bacon and onion from the pan you set aside earlier and return pot to heat. Stir and allow to simmer until water evaporates and mixture starts to look like the mashed potatoes (10-15 minutes).
  10. Stir in almond milk, margarine and other 2 Tbsp of liquid smoke. Allow to simmer for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally so nothing sticks to the bottom of the pot.
  11. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Find out where you can get your Upton's Naturals seitan here.