Smokey Slow Cooker Navy Bean Soup

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Smokey Slow Cooker Navy Bean Soup
Smokey Slow Cooker Navy Bean Soup

Do you follow any lucky New Year’s traditions? Well, navy bean soup may become my new lucky food. I like to eat black-eyed peas and rice. It’s a southern thang! Typically, I prepare a full southern black-eyed pea dish called Hoppin John. However, David doesn’t like them, so this year, I just popped open a can, heated it up, and ate it with rice. I mean, I ain’t gonna miss out on a little extra luck, right?

Well, fat lotta good that did me! Or, I could blame David since he opted to eat a non-luck bringing dish. We woke up the day after New Year with a 22-degree temp and a busted heater. The cold woke us up well before our alarm clock because the house had reached meat-hanging temperatures. The cats snuggled,  stealing our body heat. While David dealt with the heater (and ultimately calling a repairman), I turned the stove on to make oatmeal. It flared with inviting warmth – only to subsequently die. Yep! Two appliances on the fritz on day 2! OH! And David lost his wallet on Day 5, so there’s that.  So, what to do for dinner on this first week of the new year that isn’t going so well so far?

I See Luck in Them Thar Beans

I need comfort food – and another round of fortune. David won’t eat black-eyed peas, but at this point, I’m kinda desperate to get him to eat some food resembling southern luck.  One of David’s favorite soups is senate bean soup. Since I don’t eat meat, I modify the recipe. Nonetheless, I changed it and hesitate to call it Senate Bean soup. Instead, it’s a Smokey slow cooker Navy Bean Soup. I usually make it on the stove-top. However, since that’s out of commission, I am going to try to make it in my slow cooker.  Hopefully, the little navy beans resemble black-eyed peas enough to rub some luck off on David.

Slow Cooker Navy Bean Soup Modifications

Also, I usually use my own homemade vegetable broth for soup, but our stove is down, so I just used a bullion cube. To give the navy bean soup a smokey flavor, I added 2 tablespoons of liquid smoke. Feel free to use any dried white beans and adjust the cooking time accordingly. Larger beans, like white kidney beans, take a little longer.

I made my soup using the slow cooker function of my Instant Pot Ultra, but a regular slow cooker will work just fine. You know? I love my slow cooker. It’s the one kitchen appliance I cannot do without. I would sooner give up my stove than my slow cooker. And, I’m so glad that my Instant Pot has that feature built right in.

Nutrition

This dish ROCKS fiber for the day – and is very high protein. Also, it has more than half your calcium, iron, and other minerals! This is very similar to a recipe my mom used to make for Sunday Dinner, but I don’t put ham in mine. Therefore, it has no cholesterol, but liquid smoke maintains that smokey flavor.

Smokey Slow Cooker Navy Bean Soup

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 4 hours
  • Total time: 4 hours

Yields: 4

This vegan slow cooker navy bean soup maintains the traditional smokey flavor that makes Navy Bean Soup so popular! Round out the meal with some crusty bread. I don’t soak my beans and this recipe always turns out great!

  • 5 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 1 lb Navy beans; rinsed and sorted
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 1 celery stalk; chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion; diced
  • 3 cloves garlic; minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 TBSP dried Italian seasonings
  • 2 TBSP Liquid Smoke
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves

Add all ingredients to the slow cooker, except spinach and tomatoes. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or 4-6 hours on high.

Stir in tomatoes. Cook for another hour on low or 30 minutes on high.

Stir in baby spinach and serve.

Full Nutrition Information

Serves 4, Calories 365, Total Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Potassium 1671 mg, Sodium 298mg, Total Carbohydrate 83 g, Dietary Fiber 33 g, Sugars 9 g, Protein 28 g, Vitamin A 94%, Vitamin C 42 %, Calcium 27 %, Iron 54 %

The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the USFDA. I use a publicly available online nutrition calculator. Nutrition information may vary by brands used and individual cooking methods.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 365
  • Carbs: 83 grams
  • Protein: 28 grams
This vegan slow cooker navy bean soup maintains the traditional smokey flavor that makes Navy Bean Soup so popular! Round out the meal with some crusty bread. I don’t soak my beans and this recipe always turns out great! #NationalBeanDay #NationalSoupMonth #NationalSlowCookerMonth
This vegan slow cooker navy bean soup maintains the traditional smokey flavor that makes Navy Bean Soup so popular! Round out the meal with some crusty bread. I don’t soak my beans and this recipe always turns out great! #NationalBeanDay #NationalSoupMonth #NationalSlowCookerMonth
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Happily married to the love of my life. It's just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I'm loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.


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Alicia Taylor

Happily married to the love of my life. It's just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I'm loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.

20 Comments

  • Elizabeth O

    January 15, 2018 - 10:30 am

    This looks so delicious and really tempting. Perfect for this long cold weather. I bet my mom will really like this Bean Soup. I am looking forward to try this recipe this week.

  • chewoutloud

    January 12, 2018 - 12:45 pm

    This is a great vegan option! Looks and sounds super tasty, “meaty,” and satisfying. Love navy beans and veggie soups!

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 12, 2018 - 1:42 pm

      It’s a meal that my meat-loving husband (who patiently embraces my pescatarian ways) asked me to add to our regular repertoire!

  • Lisa Rios

    January 11, 2018 - 9:45 am

    Yum! This looks like a delicious vegan soup. We love beans for protein and to give us strength.

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 11, 2018 - 10:21 am

      Not to mention the fiber! This is a very nutritious meal.

  • DrKLeeBanks

    January 10, 2018 - 7:44 pm

    I’m a fan of slow cooker recipes, especially during cold weather. I also like bean recipes, and when they’re also gluten-free … definitely makes this one to try! Thanks for sharing!

  • Lauren Ashley | ImLaurenAc

    January 10, 2018 - 4:41 pm

    Oh, man. I hope things turn around. I share those southern traditions, too. Black eyed peas, collards and cabbage, etc.

    This recipe looks really good! The weather has been so cold here, I’ve been looking for hearty soup/stew recipes to make. I’m definitely going to try this one out.

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 10, 2018 - 4:50 pm

      Awesome, Lauren! Please be sure to let me know if you enjoy it 🙂 I’m hoping things turn around, too – I could use some more luck. On the bright side, David did find his wallet – but all the money was taken from it.

  • Evelyn | PathofPresence.com

    January 10, 2018 - 1:00 pm

    I love love love this recipe. The colors of the foods really draw me in. That is it nutritious and that I can put it in a slow cooker makes this a winner in my book. Saving…Thank you!!

  • Czjai Reyes-Ocampo

    January 10, 2018 - 5:47 am

    This dish is perfect for today’s weather! Bookmarking and trying this over the weekend! 🙂

  • Emily Fata

    January 9, 2018 - 2:43 pm

    Oh myyy, this looks so tasty! I can’t wait to try this recipe out myself soon!

  • Jeni @ Biscuits & Booze

    January 9, 2018 - 12:08 pm

    Gosh my husband would love this soup. I love that you get smoke in there without bacon!

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 10, 2018 - 8:07 am

      It’s very yummy. I hope your husband likes it.

  • Veggie Inspired

    January 9, 2018 - 11:41 am

    I love hearty bean soups. And the fact that this is made in the slow cooker makes it even better. Can’t wait to try it.

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 10, 2018 - 8:07 am

      It’s also vegan 🙂 It’s so healthy and good for winter.

  • Britt | Sweet Tea & Thyme

    January 9, 2018 - 11:28 am

    I love soup recipes during the cold months. Nothing is better for the season, and this reminds me of the bean soup my mama used to make when it snowed. Love that this is a slow cooker recipe!

  • Traci

    January 9, 2018 - 11:05 am

    I’m such a fan of navy beans…and cooking vegan has never been easier! Great recipe…thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Dannii

    January 9, 2018 - 10:59 am

    I just love a hearty bean stew at this time of year. I love that it can all be done in the slow cooker too.

  • RenaissanceGirl

    January 9, 2018 - 10:54 am

    Great recipe – I’m trying to add more meat-free meals to my repertoire, and this looks so easy and filling! We finally get liquid smoke in some supermarkets in the UK now too – So I won’t miss out on that smokey goodness 🙂

  • cheddarben

    January 9, 2018 - 10:44 am

    This looks really tasty and nice for a cold winter day!

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