My Mother’s Comforting Bean Soup

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Happy Vegan Food: Fast, Fresh, Simple Vegan

By Bettina Campolucci Bordi

Published 2022

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This soup is something I remember having when I was growing up. My grandmother was an amazing cook and passed on her skills to my mother, who in turn would make this particular soup during a Bulgarian holiday called Badni Vecher. It is a pre-Christmas tradition that has stuck with me ever since.


  • olive oil, for frying
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • ½ green (bell) pepper, finely chopped
  • 1


In a medium pan, heat some olive oil and fry the onion, pepper and carrot until nice and soft.

Next add in the tomato purée or tomatoes, coconut sugar, beans and all the spices and herbs and give it a good stir.

Add the water and gently simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.

Ladle out one helping of the bean soup into a bowl and mash the beans until you get a fine paste. Retur