Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tasty Tuesday Cat Master Bean Soup!

1 PM Monday. I'm sitting here at my desk staring out the window at the snow-covered trees, wishing I had some hot soup simmering in the Crock pot. I shouldn't be thinking that this time of year. I should be out looking at flowers and planting my garden and thinking about going on vacation. But no. I'm sitting here with chilly hands and feet, and I want some hot soup! Too bad I didn't think to soak the beans last night. *:(( crying

But if I had remembered to soak the beans, this is what we'd be having for dinner. I've used a variety of bean combinations--usually a 9 bean mixture--but any beans will do. Adding 1/2 cup of split peas will make a thicker soup. I came up with this recipe more or less on my own, so, as always, the measurements are approximate.

Cat Master Bean Soup

2 cups mixed dried beans, soaked overnight
1/2 cup split peas (optional)
1 bay leaf
2 tsp minced garlic
6 whole cloves
1 carrot, chopped
1 pound beef stew meat
2 tsp instant beef broth (you can adjust this depending on how salty you like your soup)
1 onion, chopped and sauteed in butter or oil.
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt

1. Saute the chopped onion until translucent.
2. Place all ingredients in a 3 1/2 quart slow-cooker and fill with water to within 1 inch of the top. If you're using a larger pot, add enough water to cover.
3. Cook on low for about 8 hours, stirring occasionally, until beans are soft and meat is tender.
4. Share with the chilly hunk of your choice!


  1. I mostly lick, oh I mean lurk, but I do enjoy your blog, I never delete your posts when I get behind.
    Thanks for always brightening my day!

  2. You're welcome Z! Thanks for coming out of lurkdom!

  3. Sooo nice, he's longer soft than some guys are hard....lol Either way he's always nice to look at. Thx Cheryl.

  4. I'm glad Mr. D. has his fur coat on in this cold. I can't see any spring flowers either. Mine are buried under about 2 feet of snow yet. So you're not alone. So now I'm making Chili today.

  5. Our snow is melting pretty quickly today. I hope it stays gone!!!

  6. I did remember to soak the beans last night, and the soup is smelling AWESOME!!!!

  7. The fur against naked is sensuous. I wonder if he'd offer me his coat if I were cold?

    I loves beans. Your recipe sounds fantastic, Cheryl. Any reason left-overs couldn't be frozen for later?