Total Time
2hrs 25mins
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 !

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash the adzuki beans well in several changes of water, then drain.
  2. In a large pot, bring the 6 cups water to a boil.
  3. Add all ingredients and boil rapidly for 15 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 2 hours.
  5. You may puree fully or partially for a smoother soup, but I prefer it just as it is.
  6. Serve with slices of GOOD bread!
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4 5

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 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.

3 5

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.

4 5

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.