Soup Beans

It can’t get much simpler, or healthier, or more convenient, or more delicious.

Maybe it’s a thing when you get older, but simpler food becomes more and more appealing to us.  Here is simple staple in our diet:

Soup Beans


  • 2 cups dried beans (Great Northern, for example)
  • salt
  • beef bone


Soak the beans over night in cold water.  Rinse in the morning, add plenty of water, some salt and a beef bone if you happen to have one, and cook until the beans are soft.  The bigger the bean is, the longer this takes, but even smaller beans take at least an hour of simmering.

When the beans are soft, take off the heat, take out the beef bone and give it to your dog.  The beans are now ready to eat.  We usually turn them into lunches by first frying a couple of small pieces of bacon, then adding a couple of spoons of the beans and broth and possibly a few extra vegetables, frozen, fresh, or from a can depending what you like and have at hand.  Adding bread or leftover stuffing makes this little soup quite the superfood.

Incidentally: This is a true Mountain Meal – read for yourself!

Soup Beans: A True Mountain Meal via the AppalachianMagazine

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