Prep 10 mins
Cook 2 hrs 15 mins
I've just discovered adzuki beans, and if you've never tried them, I strongly recommend them ! They are highly nutritious, and contain 25% protein, one of the highest ratios among beans. This spicy soup is a lovely way in which to make their acquaintance. My personal preference for the fresh garden herb mixture is half rosemary/half oregano, but by all means use what you like best !
- 8 ounces dry adzuki beans
- 6 cups water
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 4 stalks celery, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons fresh herbs, finely chopped (rosemary, oregano, parsley, chives, basil, or a combination of your choice)
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 3 cloves
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 3 teaspoons white pepper
- Wash the adzuki beans well in several changes of water, then drain.
- In a large pot, bring the 6 cups water to a boil.
- Add all ingredients and boil rapidly for 15 minutes.
- Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 2 hours.
- You may puree fully or partially for a smoother soup, but I prefer it just as it is.
- Serve with slices of GOOD bread!
So glad I found a recipe for my Adzuki Red Beans that I bought at the Asian market- at least one other then a dessert recipe (I'll have to try those next).
This was good. Perfect for a rainy October day- the cloves and allspice really added a Halloween smell to the house! I boiled/let rest/soaked the beans for a few hours, drained them then followed the recipe. I added butternut squash and chopped carrots like someone suggested (I almost added diced up sweet potatoes too...next time). The only other difference I made was that I added salt and pepper to taste! Severed it with a salad, some bread and topped it with a little hot sauce. Hubbie added Parmesan Cheese and really like it- I passed.
I will make this one again with a few tweeks- I plan on trying the chicken or veggie broth, more garlic and adding sweet potatoes.
Following the other comments, I added a couple of diced carrots, used dry herbs, and sauteed the veggies first. Like another commenter said, it reminded me of a black bean soup, but the white pepper was too dominant for my family's taste. We added a 14 oz can of tomato sauce and served with shredded cheese and tortilla chips to counteract the pepper a little. For someone who's not a pepper lover, I would start with something more like 1 tsp.
I used dry herbs (1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp rosemary), which worked fine. I also sauteed the onions & celery in the herbs before boiling with the beans, which brought out the flavor. I soaked the beans for 6 hours or so first, which made them nice and soft, and shortened the cooking time to 1.5 hours. Excellent recipe, but I'll cut down on the salt next time.