Soup, Vegeterian, Veggies

Roasted Tomato Seven Bean Soup

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Before I begin this post I just want to thank each of everyone of you who were continually praying for my son Connor over this past week. I truly believe it was your prayers and the Lord’s healing power that brought us so quickly out of NICU, to a normal room and back home in a matter of days.

Note: I am not superwoman- I wrote this post before all this happened with my son!

Now on to some yummy food! Before spring officially arrived I had to make one last pot of good old fashioned comforting warm soup. I had a mountain of dried beans just sitting in my pantry from a grocery shopping trip back in December when I was still pregnant where I vaguely remember throwing anything and everything into my grocery cart like a squirrel storing up for the winter. One look at the beautiful colors of the 7 varieties of beans and I was driven into a 7 Bean Frenzy!

7 Bean Soup is something that brings me back to my childhood but like most of my dishes I wanted to add a modern twist to the old classic. I highly recommend Peppered Bacon! It was the highlight of the soup alongside the roasted tomatoes,onions and garlic. This soup hits all the right spots. A touch of cumin and chili powder add a nice smokey flavor and the longer it sits the better it gets. Perfect for a slow cooker and the busy mom but so incredible diverse in flavors that it has a slight sophistication that would wow any dinner guests. 7 Bean Soup usually has ham in it not bacon-right? Well, this is true and I did add ham but in the process of tearing up my kitchen inside and out looking for the ham -that  I just knew I had- I found the peppered bacon and decided to add it to the magical soup just in case the ham was truly missing. I am so glad I did!

My favorite part about the soup is the roasted cherry tomatoes. I roasted them just until they were wilted and had that char flavor on the outside but still in tact (meaning hadn’t split open). A bite of soup with a cherry tomato that literally bursts into your mouth is just phenomenal and adds a nice freshness against the smoky flavor of the soup.

Roasted Tomato Seven Bean Soup
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound smoked ham, cut into ¾-inch cubes
  • 6 strips of peppered bacon, chopped (I did large chunks)
  • 4 quarts beef broth
  • ¾ cup dried red kidney beans
  • ¾ cup dried navy beans
  • ½ cup dried pinto beans
  • ½ cup dried baby lima beans
  • ½ cup black beans, canned, drained
  • ½ cup pearl couscous
  • ⅓ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 tsp roasted ground cumin
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper each
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • Hot pepper sauce, to taste
  • Roasted Tomatoes, Onions and Garlic ( toss with the olive oil and roast in oven at 400 for 10-15 minutes)
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
Instructions
  1. Combine ham, bacon, beef broth and beans in crock pot or dutch oven. Turn slow cooker on high and add in the remaining ingredients. Cook for 6-8 hours on high. 30 minutes before time to serve the soup, add in the pearl couscous. If you are not using a slow cooker then bring the soup to a boil then reduce heat to medium low and cook for 2-3 hours. The longer it cooks the better it gets!

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54 Comments

  1. Bonnie

    I’m so sorry to hear that Connor had been so ill. I didn’t know. He would have certainly had my prayer and best wishes. So glad that he came though. There’s nothing more alarming than having a child who is sick! I hope he continues to improve.

    What a delicious looking soup! I love the seven bean mixes.

    Best,
    Bonnie

    12 . Mar . 2012
  2. Mary

    I LOVE hearty soups like this – wonderful ingredients and flavors
    mary x

    12 . Mar . 2012
  3. Erica

    My heart is still with you! Nothing scarier for a mother!! This soup looks incredible. Two of my favorites-beans and tomato combined

    12 . Mar . 2012
  4. lena

    jess, sorry to hear about your son. I’m not aware of that but i’m glad to know that he’s out from the hospital. I hope he’s recovering and doing well at home. Seems a lil difficult for me to concentrate on your dish now..really but pls take care of yourself and across the blog here, i’m sending over my wishes to connor, ‘get well soon’

    12 . Mar . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      thanks Lena! I appreciate it

      05 . Apr . 2012
  5. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray

    Whoa, what did I miss! Hope your son is okay–I’m going to read back in your posts as soon as I finish this comment. Saying some prayers in the meantime…take care!!!

    12 . Mar . 2012
  6. sportsglutton

    Sorry to hear about your son, but happy to hear that he is doing better.

    Phenomenal mouthwatering soup. Definitely bookmarked to enjoy sometime in the near future.

    12 . Mar . 2012
  7. Soni

    So glad you all are back home now 🙂 Your bean soup is something I’ve never tried before.Looks delicious and super healthy!Hugs~

    12 . Mar . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Oh its beyond delicious and the best part is what you said- its healthy!

      05 . Apr . 2012
  8. Collette Osuna

    Oh my word hunnie….Im so happy he is ok…..and you are home now! I know that “scared”….glad things turned out well for you:)

    On a lighter note, I could totally eat this soup….(minus the ham).

    12 . Mar . 2012
  9. Three-Cookies

    I’ve never tried a meal with so many different kinds of beans, would love to. The mixed bean salad only has a few varieties. Sounds delicious

    12 . Mar . 2012
  10. Laural @ Being Healthier

    Bravo! What a great recipe and post. I’m so happy your little one is safe and sound and home! Phew that must have been so scary!

    12 . Mar . 2012
  11. Malli

    Hope your little one is doing well now!! God bless. Love your hearty 7 bean soup and the lovely touch of roasted tomatoes must add such a sweet flavor to the soup.. A good way to get over winter blues:)

    12 . Mar . 2012
  12. Caroline

    My thoughts and prayers were with you and your family. So glad Connor is back home safely. This soup sounds so hearty and delicious. Oh, and did I mention gorgeous!?

    12 . Mar . 2012
  13. Allison @ Alli 'n Son

    I love a good, hearty soup filled with beans. It fills the body and soul.

    Also, I’m following you on Pinterest now. I didn’t know you were there!

    12 . Mar . 2012
  14. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    I had no idea that your son was sick but am so glad to hear that he is doing so much better! We serve an awesome God. There is such power in prayers. This soup looks really delicious.

    12 . Mar . 2012
  15. Susan

    I just discovered your blog, so am happy to hear that your son is doing well – how completely stressful!

    Anyway, I love this soup & will be adding to to my “must make” list. My husband is from New Orleans, so we always have Tony Chacere’s seasoning on-hand.

    May God continue to bless you.

    12 . Mar . 2012
  16. Pure Complex

    I didn’t get to read about your son, but I will definitely be praying for him. And I absolutely love the bean soup.. beans are still new to me so i think I will enjoy trying this

    12 . Mar . 2012
  17. Alli

    So happy to hear good Connor news.

    This is my kind of soup. Yum

    12 . Mar . 2012
  18. Eva kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com

    The soup looks incredible Jessica. I am so sorry to hear that there was something amiss with your son, I wish him a speedy recovery. And with a Mom like you and good, hearty, healthy food, I am sure he will.

    12 . Mar . 2012
  19. Greg

    Glad your son’s better. Soup is always so good for when you’re under the weather, not to downplay anything. It’s just so comforting. This looks great.

    12 . Mar . 2012
  20. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Jessica, I’m so sorry to hear about your son. I was wondering why I don’t receive any email update from you. Now I know. Hope you are also rested. When things happen to our kids, we never care about ourselves and forget to eat/sleep, you know. Take good care of yourself too!

    Hmmm delicious soup. I don’t make enough “bean” recipes (today’s post – red bean soup – is just exception… 🙂 ). Thanks for sharing this delicious soup!

    12 . Mar . 2012
  21. Roz

    I am SOOO glad that everyone’s prayers came to your son’s aid! I hope that you are doing OK too!!!! I love bean soup and all of these ingredients sounds perfect for this rainy evening that we’re experiencing! This is a great way to get a flavorful replacement of beef in my nutrition too! Thanks for sharing and for your constant positive attitude!!!!

    12 . Mar . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Yes- its packed with so much protein and such a great flavor that you would think it has beef in it:) Thanks for being there for me when connor was sick and the fb comments you made! i really appreciate d it

      05 . Apr . 2012
  22. yummychunklet

    I’m so glad to hear your son is doing better. I’ve been worried since I haven’t seen a post from you in awhile. But, the time away is definitely worth it to be with your son and your family. Delicious looking soup!

    12 . Mar . 2012
  23. daphne

    oh dear.. is he feeling better now?? Hope all is well! Will keep you and family in prayers! Love this dish- it’s a very hearty soup and I’m wishing for cooler weather for more soups now!

    12 . Mar . 2012
  24. kelli

    Oh girl I had no clue about C no wonder you knew all about how I felt bless your heart I think you had it worse. Glad he is better. Hope everything is going well. Was it cold, RSV, or something else? Please keep me posted while he is improving. Things will get better, things will get better, things will get better!

    12 . Mar . 2012
  25. Torrie @ a place to share...

    jessica… i wanted to send you an email, but i didn’t want to add more to your plate… i saw a couple of things on FB, but i really have no idea what happened. i really hope that everything is okay… i’ve been thinking about you and your family… i’m always here if you need anything. xoxo

    12 . Mar . 2012
  26. Baking Serendipity

    I am playing catch-up, but still sending prayers to you and your son. I hope he continues to do well! This soup looks like it would bring comfort in the midst of chaos. I think soups have that power, and this one is wonderful.

    12 . Mar . 2012
  27. chef_d

    So sorry about your son, but I am glad he’s better now. Will pray for him too.
    This bean soup looks delicious and gorgeous!

    13 . Mar . 2012
  28. Liz

    Adding roasted cherry tomatoes is such a fabulous idea! And I’m so relieved that Connor is doing better….whew!!!

    13 . Mar . 2012
  29. nancy at good food matters

    I am so sorry to learn about that health scare, and relieved that your wee one is doing better. all best thoughts to you and your family.

    beautiful, healthful soup–love it.

    take good care! Nancy

    13 . Mar . 2012
  30. vianney

    Happy to hear your son is doing better, sending prayers … this is a wonderful welcome spring soup.. love that bowl!

    13 . Mar . 2012
  31. Shawn

    Great testimony…Prayer changes things! I’m glad to know that your guys are all better!

    oooooos & aaaaaahs for the soup 🙂 It looks and sounds delicious!

    13 . Mar . 2012
  32. Kristy

    Oh my gosh Jessica! I had no idea!!! I hope that Connor is doing better. And thank goodness for NICU’s. The doctors and nurses in there are just miracle workers and such wonderful, wonderful people. I’ll be thinking of you all. Many hugs your way!!!!

    13 . Mar . 2012
  33. Tina (PinayInTexas)

    This is my kind of soup Jessica! I really love beans of all kinds!

    13 . Mar . 2012
  34. Tina (PinayInTexas)

    Praying for Connor’s full recovery…

    13 . Mar . 2012
  35. Chaya

    I am glad to hear of Connor’s progress. May he have a complete recovery, quickly.

    As far as all those beans go, Wow! Must be delicious.

    13 . Mar . 2012
  36. Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate

    Glad to hear that your son is doing better! How scary! And hopefully you had some of this soup leftover once you got back home. I’m sure the last thing you want to think about is preparing food right now. This soup looks amazing by the way! I love all the fiber-rich beans that are incorporated. Yum!

    13 . Mar . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      I didn’t know you were an advocate for Kellogg- how cool is that. Headed to check this out

      05 . Apr . 2012
  37. Ruth

    I am glad Conner is home and doing better.

    13 . Mar . 2012
  38. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    I’m glad your son is ok!!!

    This soup sounds incredible – I love beans and I can see where the cheery tomato would be so good in this.

    13 . Mar . 2012
  39. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    I’m so sorry to hear your son was in the hospital, that must have been so hard. I wish him a speedy recovery.

    14 . Mar . 2012
  40. foodonfifth.com, Teresa

    Here’s to a speedy recovery and back to the fun of childhood for your son. He will probably love some of this hearty soup on his road to wellness. Good Luck.

    14 . Mar . 2012
  41. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    Oh my! I have obviously missed out on some news while being away! I am so sorry to hear that your son was in ICU but thrilled to hear that he is back home! Sending you all love filled warm hugs!
    🙂 Mandy

    14 . Mar . 2012
  42. Bree

    Hi Jessica–Oh no! I am so sorry to hear that. Glad that your little guy is doing better. 🙂

    14 . Mar . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      thanks bree. Late getting to reply to this post but thanks

      05 . Apr . 2012
  43. Shea

    I’m glad to hear that your son is doing better, I hope everything continues to improve!! I’m such a bean-lover, and I’m trying to convert my husband and he’s slowly but surely coming around. This is one I’d definitely love!!

    14 . Mar . 2012
  44. Reem | Simply Reem

    Jessica, I am so glad to hear Connor is doing well….
    You are a great mom, it is not easy to see our kids go through illness. I thank God for his blessings…

    The soup looks absolutely delicious….

    Take care my friend.
    Reem.

    B/W somehow I did not got an email alert for your new post. I hope your feeds are working properly.

    14 . Mar . 2012
  45. Geni

    I am going to Pin this next because I must make this soup! How hearty, full of healthful ingredients and just darn good.

    21 . Mar . 2012
  46. Geni

    I am so glad your son is doing better. I am so sorry you had to go through that…nothing in this world is harder than watching our kids suffer. Please take care Jessica.

    21 . Mar . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Oh yes indeed. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do and I am so glad is over. He is doing much better- thank you!

      05 . Apr . 2012
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