Michigan Navy Bean Soup

Another great soup from Friendly Foods (pg. 60).  This one will warm even the Grinch’s heart cockles.  :P

I was guessing when shopping, and picked up “Great nothern beans”, which wikipedia tells me are a type of navy bean.  Win!


  • 2-3 cans Great northern beans (or soak-and-cook your own)
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery (including leaves)
  • 1/2 cup leek or cabbage tops
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp majoram
  • salt and pepper
  • soup stock (Vogue Vegy base or other bouillon)
  • 1 Tbsp smoked yeast or 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 strip of kombu, soaked and diced (Japanese seaweed, optional)
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 Tbsp white miso
  • scallions for garnish

Saute the beans, carrots, onions, celery, leafy tops and garlic in canola oil for about 5 minutes. 

Add the spices.

Add the water, kombu and tomatoes and simmer for about 20 minutes. 

Dissolve the miso in a little water and add to the stock. Cook for another 10 minutes and serve it up hot!

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