Wednesday, November 06, 2019

White Bean and Collards Soup

This soup has greens and beans...and barbecue sauce - it's a little sweet with a smoky flavor and oh so good!

I was all over this recipe when I found it because ham/bacon and bean soup is my favorite soup and this one has COLLARD GREENS. I was born and raised in Minnesota. So I did not grow up eating Southern food at all. The first time I had greens was in New York when we did a Thanksgiving dinner with my husband's battles from his unit and I'm obsessed. I love collard greens so much. I was intrigued by the barbecue sauce and I believe I used the spicy kind from Sweet Baby Rays. It adds a little sweetness and some smokiness to the soup which I found to be very satisfying. All-in-all this soup was definitely a keeper!

What you need:
  • 3 slices thick cut bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups ham, chopped
  • 2 tsp. chicken bouillon
  • 1/2 tsp. chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 5 cups water
  • 3 cans (15 oz. each) navy beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups chopped collard greens
  • Hot sauce
  1. In a Dutch oven, cook bacon until crispy and then remove to a paper towel lined plate.
  2. Add onion to bacon grease and cook for 5 minutes or until softened.
  3. Add ham and cook for 2 minutes. 
  4. Add chicken bouillon, chili powder, thyme, black pepper, and red pepper flakes and stir.
  5. Add tomato paste, barbecue sauce, apple cider vinegar, and water.
  6. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add beans and collards and simmer for 10 more minutes.
  8. Serve with hot sauce.
Recipe from Spicy Southern Kitchen

It's soup season, so be on the lookout for lots of soup recipes from me! The last soup recipe I posted was Beef Stroganoff Soup which is like a lighter version of beef stroganoff. I don't have any more collard green soups saved, but I do have this Southern Collards and Cabbage Mixed Greens recipe saved from The Kitchen Is My Playground because I do love cabbage and don't eat it as much as I would like.


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