Three Sisters Soup

Total Time
30 mins
1 hr 30 mins

"Three Sisters" refers to the wonderful combination of beans, corn and squash -- foods traditionally grown and consumed together by many American Indian tribes. In the garden, the corn is planted in the center, then the beans surround them and use the stalks as a trellis, then the squash is planted around the base to spread out. This recipe was printed in Natural Home Magazine's Nov/Dec 2009 issue.

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  1. Drain and rinse soaked beans. Put them in a pot and cover with water by an inch. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 45 minutes or until tender but not mushy. Add more water if necessary.
  2. While beans are cooking, cut squash in half and scoop out seeds. Bake squash halves, cut side up, in a 375-degree oven for about 45 minutes or until tender.
  3. Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add onions and a pinch of salt and saute over medium heat, stirring often until golden, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add carrot, garlic and celery and saute for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Scoop cooked squash out of shell. Add to onion mixture and mix well, smoothing out any large lumps.
  6. Add stock and bring to a boil.
  7. Turn down heat and add beans, corn and thyme. Simmer, covered, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Serve hot with crusty bread.