Crockpot Anasazi Bean and Cabbage Soup
This delicious Crockpot Anasazi Bean and Cabbage Soup is a tasty soup using Anasazi beans, but use pinto beans if you have those. And there are instructions for making this on the stove if you prefer.
A few years ago I was visiting the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market in San Francisco and was excited to find that Rancho Gordo Beans sold heirloom Anasazi Beans, and I’ve been buying them ever since. I love the slightly sweet flavor of Anasazi Beans, and when I taught Utah history in fourth grade I used to cook them for the students when we had our Anasazi Feast at school.
This Crockpot (or Stovetop) Anasazi Bean and Cabbage Soup is one of my favorite ways to cook these delicious dried beans. Unfortunately they lose much of the delightful speckled look when they’re cooked, but they still taste great. In Utah I can find Anasazi beans at Whole Foods, or you can order them from Rancho Gordo Beans. You can also make this with pinto beans if you can’t locate the Anasazi beans.
I like to make this soup in a crock pot, but if you’re not a crock pot fan, I’ve also got instructions for cooking them on top of the stove as well.
How to Make Crockpot Anasazi Bean and Cabbage Soup:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- Here are the Anasazi Beans from Ranch Gordo that inspired the recipe.
- I soaked the beans overnight in cold water in the crockpot. I recommend soaking for this soup, so plan ahead.
- In the morning, drain beans, discard the soaking water, and return beans to the crockpot with 8 cups of water.
- Chop one cup each of finely chopped onion, carrot, and celery, and add to the crockpot.
- Chop 2 cups ham into small cubes and add to the crockpot. I always buy a ham with a rind on it, and I add the rind to the soup for even more flavor.
- Add 2 cups of very finely chopped green cabbage to crockpot.
- Add dried parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, and bay leaves to crockpot and start to cook on high. (Depending on the model of slow cooker you have and how hot it gets, you may want to reduce heat to low after 4-5 hours.)
- After the soup has cooked for about 8 hours, I remove ham rinds and then taste to see if you want to add some ham base. I love the flavor of Goya Ham Flavor Concentrate (affiliate link), and often add a couple of packets to soups when I’m using ham. (This is optional, so you can definitely leave it out and still have a good soup.)
- Soup is done when the beans are starting to break apart and the cabbage has almost completely dissolved into the soup.
- Cooking time will depend on how hot your slow cooker gets, but the soup in this photo was cooker almost 10 hours on high. Serve hot, with a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar if desired.
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- 1 pound dried Anasazi Beans, soaked overnight in crockpot
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1 cup diced carrots
- 1 cup diced onion
- 2 cups very finely chopped cabbage
- 2 cups ham, cut into small dice
- ham rind if available (remove for the last few hours of cooking time)
- 8 cups water (you can also use partly ham stock if you have it)
- 2 T dried parsley
- 1-2 T garlic powder
- 2-3 tsp. onion powder
- 2-3 bay leaves
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
- ham flavored concentrate or ham bouillon (optional but good)
- balsamic vinegar for serving, optional
- Soak beans overnight in cold water in the crockpot.
- The next morning, drain beans, discard soaking water, and put beans back in the crockpot with 8 cups water (or a combination of water and ham stock if you have it.)
- Cut up celery, carrots, onions, cabbage, and ham.
- Put all ingredients in crock pot (including ham rind if you’re lucky enough to have some) with dried parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, and bay leaves, and start to cook on high. (It may look like there isn’t enough liquid, but in the crock pot foods give up liquid and you end up with more than you started with.)
- I cooked this soup on high for 10 hours or longer, until about half of the beans have disintegrated into the soup and the cabbage is mostly dissolved. My large crock pot is the original “slow-cooker” type, which may cook a bit less hot than some. If you have a newer model, you might want to cook on high 4-5 hours, then reduce to low.
- After about 8 hours, remove ham rind if using, then taste for seasoning and add ham bouillon or ham flavor concentrate if desired. (Use of this is optional, and will depend on how much flavor is in your ham. If you have really good ham you might not need it.)
- Cook until beans are starting to break apart and the cabbage has mostly dissolved into the soup.
- Serve hot, with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar if desired. This soup freezes well.
- You could cook this on the stove if you don’t have a crock pot or want it done sooner. For stovetop cooking, add all ingredients to heavy soup pot and simmer about 3 hours, or until beans are very well done and cabbage has disintegrated into the soup.
- I would increase the amount of water I started out with by several cups if I cooked it on the stove, since some of the liquid will evaporate. Check for seasoning after a few hours, and add more ham ham flavor base as desired.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 1006mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 5gSugar: 9gProtein: 19g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Dried beans are considered a “good carb” on the South Beach Diet, but you’d have to leave out the carrots for this Crockpot (or Stovetop) Anasazi Bean and Cabbage Soup to be approved for phase one. Also remember that serving sizes are limited to 1/3 to 1/2 cup of beans for phase one, so have a small serving of soup with a green salad on the side. Soup with Beans is too high in carbs for a traditional low-carb diet.
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