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Recipe of the Week

Posted by Katie on 2006-10-17 11:57:08
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Okay, so last night I was working late and inevitably became irritable and started feeling sorry for myself because I'm working hard while everyone else is happy at home eating and hanging out.

I head home around 8:30, get to my front door and can smell some delicious food cooking, and think jealously that my downstairs neighbour must have made something yummy and I still have to cook!

Then I open the door and realize that the delicious smell is coming from my house. I had set up my slow cooker in the morning with a bean soup concoction, and it was definitely a welcome sight/smell when I got home (all the better because I completely forgot about it).

So the following is my bean soup recipe, as put together sunday night. You don't need a slow cooker for this, but it's definitely worth it after a tiring day.

Mixed Bean Soup


2 cups of mixed, dried beans (I actually bought some that were premixed, but consisted of lentils, navy beans, kidney beans, chick peas, lima beans I think)
Soup bone (I used a leftover ham bone.....but you could really use anything)
1 onion chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 - 3 tablespoons tomato paste (I used probably half a can that was leftover)
spices - 2 tsp each. I used smoked paprika, chili powder and fresh thyme but I think oregano would have been good as well
Approx. 2 litres of water (I'm not really sure how much I used, I just filled up the slow cooker. Make sure there's enough to cover the beans twice over and it should be good)


Rinse the beans, then soak them overnight (put in a bowl, cover with water).

If using a slow cooker: toss in all the ingredients, cover with the lid, and set. I cooked it on low for 7 hours, or you could use high for about 3-4 hours.

If using a pot on the stove, I would toss in all the ingredients, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a slow simmer and simmer for about 3 hourrs. But don't leave this unattended in your house while you work all day.

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