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It’s cold outside, I’m sure you all know…  But, just in case you hadn’t heard, North America is getting hit with an arctic style chill creating negative temperatures in places where it’s not normal.  I’m not a cold weather person however what I am is a cold weather soup person.  Mmmmm… There’s nothing like having a nice bowl of hot soup waiting for Genki Husband and me after returning from the gym.  Generally speaking I tend to make a healthy dinner and have it ready for when we return from the gym.  Soup nights involve making the soup and setting two portions in the microwave.  Additionally I setup two sandwiches or whatever we are having alongside the soup in the toaster oven.  Then when we return, I turn these two electronics on and it’s ready by the time we’re presentable once again.

This soup is so simple to put together and most of the ingredients you probably already have in your fridge sitting around just waiting.  There is only 1 potato in this 4 serving sized soup but when you eat it, the texture and taste is similar to putting a few inside.  For some reason I kept tasting bacon while eating it but no idea why – maybe the liquid smoke created this taste but it was really strange.  Genki Husband said he tasted it too.  So if you like bacon but don’t want to have meat, this is the recipe for you.  Yum!

15oz Navy Beans, cooked
1 medium white potato, boiled, diced
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
2 cups water
2 tsp liquid smoke
2 Tbsp hot sauce
4 garlic cloves
1-2 tsp white pepper, optional
1 bay leaf
1.  Sauté the onion, garlic and celery all in a large soup pot until translucent.
2.  Toss in the diced potato and the navy beans.
3.  Add the liquid smoke, hot sauce, bay leaf, and water.
4.  Bring pot to a boil until the potatoes are tender.  Remove bay leaf when done.  Add the parsley.
5.  Blend until smooth. (Or slightly chunky if you like it that way…)
6.  Place the mixture back into the soup pot and add white pepper.  Stir well and serve. 

*Note:  This warms up really nice!  You can also freeze any leftovers for future usage.  On average, I make a large amount and freeze a few servings, individually.  Then I send Genki Husband off to work some days with one of them when there are no leftovers or I don’t feel like cooking.  Simple!

What’s your favorite winter soup?