Yellow Eye Bean Soup

I picked up some yellow eye beans from the store the other day purely because I though they were beautiful. Then I come to find out that they have 16 grams of protein per cup. I bet Mother Nature designed them so pretty so we’d eat them and get our protein—she’s smart like that. I had these beans already soaked and cooked, waiting in my fridge to be turned into something scrumptious—wasn’t sure if it would be a salad or a wrap or a dip—but either way, being prepared is key. Looks like they became the star of this tasty, smoky, veggie-powered soup. I think YU will love it.

Large stock pot with lid
Chef’s knife
Large glass bowl

Try to buy everything organic. Here’s why.
4 cups vegetable broth (make your own)
2 cups soaked and cooked yellow eye beans (how-to)*
1″ piece of kombu (optional)
1 tbsp unrefined coconut oil
2 large ribs celery, diced
1 large white onion, diced
1 large carrot, diced
1 large tomato, blanched and chopped (blanching tip)
4 cloves garlic, minced (tip)
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp fresh, chopped parsley
1 tsp fresh, chopped thyme
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
Fresh cracked black pepper to taste
1 1/2 tsp smoked sea salt (I used an applewood smoked sea salt, yum)
1 tsp fine ground sea salt and 3-5 drops of liquid smoke

* You can sub equal amounts of black-eyed peas, cannellini beans or chickpeas.

Let’s get started.
Soak beans overnight in pure water—8-12 hours. Rinse well and cook with a piece of kombu for extra trace nutrients (add to soup). Store in the fridge in an airtight glass container until ready to make soup.

Yellow Eye Bean Soup

In a large stockpot, place coconut oil, onions, carrots and celery. Stir occasionally over medium-high heat for 10 minutes.

Cook Veggies

Add tomato, garlic, parsley, thyme and red pepper and cook together for 5 minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil. Add beans and lemon juice. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with Herbed Socca Flatbread:

Herbed Socca Flatbread


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  1. Gail

    Looks very yummy. Can’t wait to make this. But, I have never seen yellow eyed beans before. Would like to try them. What store did you find them in? Thanks for posting. Love your recipes.

    • Heather Crosby

      The Whole Foods in Chicago had them. You can definitely buy Yellow Eye Beans online if you can’t find any locally. And be sure to reference my substitutions at the bottom of the post for alternatives, too. Enjoy!

      • Gail

        Found them at the Naperville store. The beans are so cute and tasty. Added spinach only because it had to be used. Great recipe! Thanks, again.

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