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Pot of Gold Beans: How to Cook Yellow-Eye Bean Soup

Updated on May 5, 2017
 "Pot of Gold Beans" Ready to Eat!
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Not Your Granny's Pot Of Beans

Though many people enjoy dried beans year round, when the weather turns, leaves glow, and harvest season’s foods are on our minds most households have a nutritious and easy-to-make pot of beans simmering on their stove for the weekend.

During cold weeks and months, regional recipes rule the day across the country, and yet, don’t you sometimes kind of want something a little different? How do ingredients that brighten up those traditional recipes sound?

A Colorful Pot of Beans!

Yellow eye beans are some of our favorite, and cranberry beans are always fun to make during the fall season, especially at Thanksgiving. They are extra pretty with a wonderful aroma and flavor. Well-done dried beans are the only kind to eat no matter what, in my opinion.

Still, even though we have many varieties to choose from, dried beans can tend to wear thin even if you make them often. Different seasonings with different breads certainly spice up meals and meals of beans but I thought there had to be more I could do to make them as interesting as they are healthy.

My recipe for pot of gold beans is the result of a little early-fall experimentation with a delicious carrot soup. It’s been a huge success, and I’m looking forward to hearing from you after your family tries it out.

Ingredients

  • 2 Pounds Dried Yellow-Eye Beans, or your favorite white dried bean.
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Quart Chicken Broth
  • 1 Large White Onion
  • 1/4 - 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Large Bay Leaf
  • 1 16 Ounce Carton Pacific Natural Foods Cashew Carrot Ginger Soup
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Instructions

  1. Clean and rinse the yellow-eye beans.
  2. Soak beans overnight in water, changing the water once after 3 hours.
  3. The next morning put 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large pot with 1 quart homemade or organic chicken broth. Add beans, then enough water to just cover them.
  4. Add 1 large chopped onion, 1/2 teaspoon Celtic Sea salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and a large bay leaf. Bring beans to a boil, then set to simmer for the next few hours with the lid on the pot.
  5. Check them once each hour to make sure there is enough water, but be careful not to add too much. This pot of beans should cook with just enough water to keep them from drying out. Cook until tender and and the liquid is somewhat thickened.
  6. When the beans are well done, add the Cashew Carrot Ginger soup. Bring to a boil, and prepare to serve up some natural goodness.
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Mmmmm good soup!Organic chicken broth is the next best thing to homemade!Bay leaves---don't forget the onion!Flax seed cornbread--surprise!Cranberry beans would work in this recipe!
Mmmmm good soup!
Mmmmm good soup! | Source
Organic chicken broth is the next best thing to homemade!
Organic chicken broth is the next best thing to homemade! | Source
Bay leaves---don't forget the onion!
Bay leaves---don't forget the onion! | Source
Flax seed cornbread--surprise!
Flax seed cornbread--surprise! | Source
Cranberry beans would work in this recipe!
Cranberry beans would work in this recipe! | Source

Serving Up A Pot of Gold

I served this recipe with cow-milk free cornbread to which I added 1 tablespoon ground flax seed. Risky? Yes--but it turned out great! My husband is a little picky about his cornbread and he loved it.

These beans may be seasoned with all natural bacon. Also, most people cook their beans with more salt than I do. Since discovering the goodness of Celtic sea salt I prefer to do most of my salting after cooking.

Choose your favorite seasons, by all means, but make the healthiest choices when deciding which add ins and sides to serve with your good-for-your-body beans. The benefits of dried bean varieties should never be undermined by unhealthy choices in the rest of a meal!

Do you enjoy dried bean recipes in the fall?

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      BkCreative:

      Thanks much for letting me know you like this recipe. With our ccccool spring, I'm ready for a pot of beans this weekend… :)

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      BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Lovely - and yes, always start with dried beans. Such a difference in flavor. I am looking for new bean recipes that are easy - and this one does it. Thanks a million!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      MJ Miller:

      Thanks for checking this recipe out and for letting me hear from you on it!

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      MJ Miller 4 years ago from East Tennessee

      I've never tried yellow-eye beans but they sure look good. I usually use navy or great northern beans but I think I'll try your recipe. Thanks!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      sweetie1:

      This surely does make a big pot of beans! I hope you enjoy the recipe with your family. :) Thanks for stopping by and adding your comment to this recipe hub!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      healthylife2:

      Then I am especially glad you let me know you stopped by to check this recipe out! You should have no trouble finding the soup ingredient, it's even available online. I hope you get to enjoy a nice bowl of this with family and friends during the upcoming winter!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Finding recipes that are both healthy and delicious is quite a challenge for me so I'm so glad I found this! I hope I can find the carrot ginger soup. I love soups in the cold weather so this is perfect. Thanks so much!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Jo_Goldsmith11:

      Thank you--and you are welcome! So appreciate that you checked this recipe out and let me know you that it will be helpful to you.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      DzyMsLizzy:

      Though we are at opposite ends of the continent, you might find yellow-eye beans in a farmer's market or online if they are not in your stores. Some of our stores have a commitment to find what a customer is looking for and get it stocked. You might want to ask whether that's possible in your area.

      Thanks much for mentioning the lead issues in some old bean pots as others may want to check on doing the same. So appreciate your visit and input!

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      sweetie1 4 years ago from India

      I have never had the bean soup before but in our house we use lots of beans and lentils in daily cooking. As you might be knowing that Lentils are staple food of north Indians. But I am soon going to give it a try. Looks easy to make and with 2 pounds of bean I am sure it is enough for a very large family.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

      I just love this! I thank you for helping me with an idea of what to cook for dinner Wednesday. Tonight, denate night we are having a roast with carrots,onion, celery. A baked potato on the side and some home made sour dough bread. :) Sweetie is in a baking mood lately. Voted up and shared! Tweeted to. :) let you know how it turns out.

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      I've never heard of yellow-eye beans. I'll have to look for them. Probably not at our usual cut-rate grocery--perhaps Trader Joe's might carry them.

      Sounds 'delish,' I'll have to try this out--substituting veggie broth for the chicken broth, though.... ;-)

      Reminds me of my family recipe for authentic Boston Baked Beans...I still have my mother's bean pots, that were handed down in the family. They have seen a lot of use, but just a couple of months ago, it occurred to me that, as old as they are, the glaze on the pot is probably NOT a lead-free glaze, so I think I need to make myself a new bean pot using modern lead-free glaze, and relegate the old ones to display pieces.

      Voted up, interesting, and starred!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Peggy W:

      I've found that they mix with other beans nicely to make a confetti bean pot. :)

      Thanks much for coming by and letting me hear from you!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I am unfamiliar with yellow eye beans and will have to look for them in our local stores. They certainly are pretty when cooked. I love all types of beans so should like these as well. Thanks for your recipe.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      izeko:

      They are fairly new to me, and we've discovered that we like them a lot. I could probably do a hub on them--they are easy to cook--very tender--with a mild taste and seem to be very mild on the system... :) Not sure if it's the bean or the way I learned to cook them, though.

      Hope you get to try them sometime. They are available on Amazon, see above.

      Thanks much for letting me know you saw this hub! :)

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      iZeko 5 years ago

      Yellow eye beans are new to me, but they sure look delicious.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Movie Master:

      I hope you enjoy these beans, especially in this recipe.

      Thanks bunches for dropping by!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Sally's Trove:

      It is pretty, isn't it?! :) So glad you like the looks of it! Thanks for checking this recipe out and for the link. Hope you get to try this recipe before long! :)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi RTalloni, I have never tried yellow eye beans, so this is a new recipe for me to try, thank you! Best wishes MM

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      thelyricwriter:

      Then I hope you get to try them soon, particularly if you are still hungry! It is funny how good food hubs pop up right when we are hungriest, isn't it?!

      Thanks much for stopping by with your comments!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have never had yellow eye beans before and this recipe looks really interesting, it's a new one for me to try! Thank you for sharing, best wishes MM

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Cloverleaf :

      One never knows when one tries a new ingredient in an old favorite...but, indeed, this will be a comfort food staple at our house now. :)

      Thank you for coming by and dropping a note off!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      anglnwu:

      You are right, this is a good time for a pot of beans! Hope you enjoy trying out this new-to-you bean.

      Thanks for stopping in and letting me hear from you!

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Wow! That's one amazingly beautiful bowl of beans. I'm definitely going to get some of the carrot soup and try your recipe. I linked to here from my Hub on Manischewitz cello soup mixes...and many thanks for linking to mine. There seem to be a lot of bean lovers here on HP. :)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      I have never tried these, but they so sound appealing and look very good. A bad time to be hungry,huh. Thanks for the recipe.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      DonnaCosmato:

      Thanks kindly for your visit and for your input! It's going to be fun to experiment with some new adventures in dried bean cooking. :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      This sounds delicious and filling! Perfect for fall and winter. I love the side of cornbread, too.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      homesteadbound:

      I hope you enjoy trying the yellow eye beans. They are bigger than black eyed peas and navy beans.

      I do have some more ideas I'm hoping to try out...stay tuned... :)

      Thanks bunches for coming by with your comment!

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Delicious comfort food - I'm trying this one for sure! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

      Cloverleaf.

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      I have never had yellow eye beans before, even though I love beans in general. This recipe looks interesting--also, this is the season for some warm beans. Rated up.

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Wow, these sound good! We love all kinds of dried beans, but you are right - after awhile, you need a new recipe to keep from getting appetite fatigue. I've rated this up and plan to try it soon with my picky eaters. Thanks for sharing!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      carcro:

      Now you've got me thinking about changes in our typical baked bean recipes...

      Thanks very much for stopping by and commenting!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      These look yummy and very interesting. You're right, a new twist on beans. I too like beans, but I have not seen yellow eye beans before. Will have to see if I can track them down. I wonder if the are similar to black eyed peas?

      You're title immediately transported me to St. Paddy's day and I thought that they would be good for that occasion. I will have to see if I can find the soup also. But by adding different soups to different beans the variations could be endless with lots of good meals to be experimented with.

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      Paul Cronin 5 years ago from Winnipeg

      I love beans, especially baked beans, yummmy! Thanks for the recipe!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      SanneL:

      Lentils to salad--beans I know, but this sounds very good. Thanks!

      I agree, love them all! Hope you get to try this recipe out soon. It was one of those aha moments when I tasted it--now I'm thinking of other ways to cook beans.

      So appreciate your visit and input!

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      I'm a huge fan of beans and lentils. If I don't make soups or stews from beans I always add cooked beans or lentils to my salad. I can't say that I have any favorite, since I love them All!

      Your pot of gold beans looks sooo delicious! I will bookmark and definitely try it out myself.

      Thank you for sharing!

      Voted up and useful,

      Sannel