Boston Bean Soup Recipe

Warm the kids up with this cozy Boston bean soup! It’s easy to make, packs 13 grams of fiber per serving and only 200 calories.

Boston Bean Soup Recipe Summary

  • Cuisine: American
  • Course: Soup
  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Makes: 8 Cups
  • Servings: 4
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 60-120 Minutes


  • 1 cup dried pinto beans, or 2 cans (15 oz. each) cooked pintos, drained
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 rib celery, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can (15 oz.) reduced-sodium, fat-free beef broth
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 200
  • Protein: 22
  • Fat: 2
  • Sodium: 1,344
  • Carbohydrates: 70
  • Fiber: 13
  • Sugar: 7


  1. If using canned beans, ignore this step. If using dried beans, place in small Dutch casserole. Add 3 cups cold water. Cover and bring to a boil.
  2. Remove from heat and soak 1 hour.
  3. Drain well.
  4. In medium pan mix together beans, tomatoes, celery, onion, bay leaf and broth.
  5. Cover and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are quite soft, 60 to 75 minutes for dried beans, 20 minutes for canned.
  6. Let hot soup sit, uncovered, 20 minutes.
  7. Remove bay leaf. Pureé half the soup in blender. Recombine with remaining soup.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Published on: November 10, 2003
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