Rosemary Garlic Bean Soup

For Christmas, as part of a larger homemade food gift, my family got some dried beans with spice mixes. Over winter break my older sister and I made one–and it was delicious. I kidnapped the second one to make at school, and low and behold winter term is almost over, but at least I’ve finally made this bean soup.

I had never made bean soup from real dried beans before, so it was nice to try something new, even if it took longer. And even though these particular ones were a gift, if you regularly buy dried beans over canned, you save money (so that’s a plus). Beans and other legumes are also a great source of plant protein, iron, potassium and zinc–so everyone should probably eat more of them.

For Ten Reasons Why Soaking Dried Beans Can Change Your Life, check out this blog post I found by SquawkFox.


2 cups dried white beans

2 tablespoons garlic powder

2 tablespoons dried rosemary, crushed

Salt and pepper, to taste


1. Soak the dried white beans overnight in a pot full of water.

2. Drain the beans. Replace back in the pot and fill with water until the beans are covered. Add the rosemary and garlic powder.

3. Bring to a boil.

4. Reduce heat and let simmer 2 to 2 and a half hours. Stir occasionally and add water as needed, depending on desired soupiness/mushiness.

5. Taste test and serve when ready. Add salt and pepper as desired.


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Categories: Main dish, Side dish, Soup


Became a voracious, unapologetic bookworm in 4th grade after reading the first three Harry Potter books. Have a thing for dystopias, young adult novels, classic literature and funny memoirs (re: Mindy Kaling / Tina Fey). English and journalism geek, media and pop culture critic, food writer and blogger, editor of an entertainment magazine. Hobbies include: my Netflix account, cooking, gardening, music, art and hiking.


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