• Katherine Arthurs

The Best Old World Beer + Bean Soup

The earthly richness from the Worcestershire sauce, shallots, herbs + beer - is a good one. It's hearty with the beans + ham. A complete meal!


It's very much soup season in our house. We will enjoy it 3 nights a week - as long as there is bread, cornbread or pretzels we are IN!


I used the best quality smoked ham I could get my hands on. Covey Rise Farms, raises their animals on amazing pastures, while tending to them like family. They truly are farming the right way. AND it shows. This ham smelled amazing coming out of the package. Slicing it up into small cubes + tossing into the pot of soup, made a huge difference in the overall taste of the soup.


BUT you don't have to use ham. Keep it vegetarian + enjoy the vegetables, tender beans, broth + herbs!


Serve with crunchy bread or pretzels + always Swiss or Gouda cheese.


The Best Old World Beer + Bean Soup


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium onion, small diced

2 shallots, small diced

3 carrots, small diced

2 celery stalks, small diced

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

1 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 bay leaves

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 12 oz. can flat beer (I used an IPA)

4 cups chicken bone broth

2 19 oz. cans white navy beans, drained + rinsed quickly

2 cups cooked ham (smoked ham is best), small diced

1/4 cup fresh parsley

Swiss or Gouda cheese for garnish


In a large Dutch oven, heat the olive oil, onion, shallot, carrots + celery over medium heat. Sauté for a few minutes, stirring occasionally until the onions are softened. Add in the garlic, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, marjoram, red pepper flakes, bay leaves, salt + pepper.


Stir to combine. Sauté for 1 minute. Then add in the beer. Stir to combine + bring it up to a simmer. Cook for 1 minutes. Add in the broth, beans + ham. Cook for 8 minutes on medium heat.


Remove the bay leaves + stir in the parsley + serve.


Best with crunchy bread or pretzels + always cheese for a garnish along with more fresh parsley.


Enjoy!


*For Flat beer, open the can + pour it into a glass + set aside prior to beginning to cook. If you forget this step - it's not a big deal.


This recipe was made #glutenfree + #dairyfree