Fifteen Bean Soup for Crockpot

Fifteen Bean Soup for Crockpot


The fast is only a few days away and many of my friends and I are starting to panic about what we are going to serve our families.  Fasting doesn’t have to be complicated.  It shouldn’t be.  But we all have to eat, so I am sharing my “famous”  Fifteen Bean Soup for the Crockpot.

Soup, a Lenten Staple

This soup is a Lenten staple for my family.  I rotate this and various bean dishes throughout Lent so we don’t get too bored.
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First I want to be sure there aren’t any pebbles in the beans, so I pour them onto a plate and search through the dried beans.

We are a small family, so I use 1/2 a bag of beans.  For potlucks, I use a full bag.

I pour them into a bowl, rinse them with cool water and put into a crock pot.

I turn on the crock pot on HIGH and add:

  • 1 can tomato sauce (or one small can tomato paste)
  • 2 cans vegetable broth (Lately I buy the box of broth and measure it out in the tomato can.)
  • chopped vegetables: 2 carrots, 2 celery stalks and 1/2 onion.

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Add seasoning to taste (oregano, bay leaf and pepper) … but add salt towards the end.  The vegetable broth has plenty of sodium.

Cook on high for 5 hours and let sit for 30 minutes on warm. Serve any time after that.

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When I serve the soup, most are impressed with the variety of beans.  Little do they know one bag contained them all.

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Presvytera Vassi Haros

Presvytera Vassi Makris Haros is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She is the owner, designer and photographer of V’s Cardbox, a greeting card company featuring cards with an Orthodox voice. She is married to Fr. Athanasios C Haros, a priest in the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta.

After posting several of her fasting dinners on Facebook, hoping to encourage her friends to keep the fast, she received enough requests for recipes that she has started a blog titled In Service and Love. She strongly feels that experiencing the Orthodox Faith through the church’s cyclical calendar of feasts and fasts is a gift that is too often overlooked.