Mirepoix Bean Soup

by Kiran on March 5, 2013 · 60 comments

in Sides, Soups, Vegetarian

More soups?! You bet!!

There’s a limitation to what the Husband can eat when he’s not well. Me? It’s just another excuse to warm up in between chilly weather.

I just hope we get to experience Spring before Summer takes over. Till then, the conversations over here is limited to weather. Because I’m highly to complain all the time about it.


Apart from the sucky weather, I have a good news. I’ll be returning to my home this Wednesday!!!


I bet it won’t make sense to many of you of my happiness to leave LA and return to Orlando. But after living a few months out of the suitcase, I’m ready to get back home and stay put for some time.

Fingers crossed. I’ve known to be a huge jinxer and that definitely applies to myself.

I can’t wait to get back to normalcy. Though I must admit how I’ll miss the housekeeping services while living in a hotel. There’s nothing like cooking, eating and kicking back to relax while someone else does the bed, dishes, vaccuming etc.

Housekeeping asides, I’m preparing myself to go through a huge stack of mails. Man, that can be a huge pain. More than 80% of the mail are usually junk.

Wish me luck and slurp this soup!

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Makes 4 servings


  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 3 celery sticks, diced
  • 2 small carrots, diced
  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 large sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1.5 cup  organic diced tomatoes, juices and all
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup cooked pinto beans
  • 1 cup cooked red kidney beans
  • 2 handfuls of fresh kale
  • salt and pepper to taste

Garnish: lemon wedges + chopped fresh italian parsley


  1. Heat a huge saucepan on medium.
  2. Add olive oil once pan is heated. Throw in diced onions, celery and carrots. Saute until onions are translucent and veggies softens.
  3. Scoop in ginger and garlic paste. Saute for 2 minutes.
  4. Pour in organic diced tomatoes and sprigs of fresh thyme. Stir to combine.
  5. Add vegetable broth, beans and give it a good stir. Taste for seasonings and cover to simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Discard sprigs of thyme from hot soup and add handfuls of fresh kale.
  7. Serve soup with lemon wedges, a sprinkling of chopped fresh italian parsley and some crusty bread on the side.


See you from the other side, very soon. And hopefully with some baked goods in the workings 😉

Have a great week my friends! What would you prefer — being a jet-setter or a baker?

Please don’t pressure me to answer.


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1 Asmita March 5, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Comfort food for me! Looks fab!
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2 Kiran March 8, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Asmita — thank you!


3 foodwanderings March 5, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Bean soup during the winter is super comforting staple. I love everything about it and I wish I had a bowl for lunch today. That first shot, yum! 🙂


4 Kiran March 8, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Shulie — thank you! And I hope its cozy, wherever you are 🙂


5 Rosa March 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM

A scrumptious soup! So healthy and nutritious.

I’d rather be a baker than a jetsetter…




6 Kiran March 8, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Rosa — I hope to sharpen my baking skills more. You are a great baker 🙂


7 Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 5, 2013 at 12:20 PM

I’m still craving soup! (Plus then I get to eat more fresh bread ;)).
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8 Kiran March 8, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Laura — me too!!


9 dixya @ food, pleasure, and health March 5, 2013 at 5:08 PM

I will happily take soup any given day 🙂 baker definitely. nothing can beat the feeling of warm, comfy bed.
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10 Kiran March 8, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Dixya — You definitely make a great baker, for sure 🙂


11 Jennifer (Delicieux) March 5, 2013 at 6:15 PM

What a gorgeous healthy soup! I can’t wait for it to cool down here so I can finally enjoy some soup.
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12 Kiran March 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Jennifer — thank you! and I can’t wait for it to warm up, here 🙂


13 Kristen March 5, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Good luck – surely with a bowl of this soup by your side, reality won’t seem so harsh 😉
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14 Kiran March 8, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Kristen — so true 😉


15 Nik March 5, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Nothing wrong with another soup so soon, especially one so delicious looking as this!
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16 Kiran March 8, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Nik — oh, thank you so so much 🙂


17 Sunnie@moderngirlnutrition March 5, 2013 at 10:47 PM

This looks amazing!
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18 Kiran March 8, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Sunnie — thank you!


19 Shut Up and Cook March 5, 2013 at 11:43 PM

What stunning photos! And this recipe sounds like just the ticket to escort us into Spring. Thanks for sharing!
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20 Kiran March 8, 2013 at 8:00 PM

SUC — Thank you! Just wish we could feel Spring. Its so winter-like over here. Brrrr!!!


21 Mallika March 6, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Wow! That’s a comforting soup. Lovely and bright clicks as usual. Beautiful!
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22 Kiran March 8, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Mallika — thank you!


23 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 6, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Congratulations on your wonderful news! That must be so exciting! 😀 And it’s getting chilly so I’m loving the soups 🙂
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24 Kiran March 8, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Lorraine — lol, thank you 😉


25 Nami | Just One Cookbook March 6, 2013 at 1:53 AM

I totally understand what you mean – it’s fun to visit LA (or live LA permanently) but always temporary living is not easy. You start missing your bed, space, KITCHEN, and everything… 🙂 Hope you get to relax and enjoy being home a bit. It’s going to be cold and rainy 3 days… this soup sounds perfect!
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26 Kiran March 8, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Nami — I’m home and it never felt so GOOD before 🙂


27 Jen @ Savory Simple March 6, 2013 at 8:41 AM

I’m glad you get to go home! Living out of a suitcase is never appealing. But this soup certainly is!
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28 Kiran March 8, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Jen — 🙂


29 Carolyn Chan March 6, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Ooh I love the addition of the kale – what a great soup.
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30 Kiran March 8, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Carolyn — thank you 🙂


31 Charul @ Tadka Masala March 6, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Its scorching hot on Mumbai now, but the sudden change of weather has left almost everyone with throat problems. This would be great recipe to deal with them. Plus, its soup, you can have it as much as u like! 😉
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32 Kiran March 8, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Charul — Soups are always the best food for throat problems. Hope you are doing well 🙂


33 CCU March 6, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Healthy but deliicous my friend 😀

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34 Kiran March 11, 2013 at 2:16 AM

CCU — thank you my friend 🙂


35 M&K March 6, 2013 at 8:16 PM

We are totally into the soup-making too recently! Great post. Thanks for sharing! M&K at brewedtogether.com


36 Kiran March 11, 2013 at 2:51 AM

M&K — Love soup, but I think it’s time for a change. Hopefully, soon 🙂


37 carolinaheartstrings March 6, 2013 at 8:19 PM

What a wonderful soup! Looks delicious. A baker of course. Highly successful so I could do lots of traveling!!! HA.


38 Kiran March 11, 2013 at 2:51 AM

CHS — Ha! I love your enthusiasm 🙂


39 ashley - baker by nature March 6, 2013 at 9:34 PM

I’m so into soup these days! I could actually go for a bowl of this right now!
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40 Kiran March 11, 2013 at 2:52 AM

Ashley — I hope we get to enjoy a meal someday 🙂


41 Katerina March 7, 2013 at 2:40 AM

Delicious soup! Nothing is like home right?
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42 Kiran March 11, 2013 at 2:53 AM

Katerina — you are absolutely right, my friend 🙂


43 tania@mykitchenstories.com.au March 7, 2013 at 7:42 AM
44 Kiran March 11, 2013 at 2:59 AM

Tania — thank you my friend 🙂


45 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings March 7, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Made this tonight! It was a hit!


46 Kiran March 11, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Jen — Yay! So glad you all enjoyed it!! 🙂


47 Julia March 7, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Beautiful soup! Safe travels –I am sure you will love being back home. This looks delicious.
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48 Kiran March 11, 2013 at 3:06 AM

Julia — so loving it, being at home 🙂


49 Lail | With A Spin March 7, 2013 at 9:54 PM

I would rather be a baker. Wonderfully healthy and nutritious soup.
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50 Kiran March 11, 2013 at 3:09 AM

Lail — I wish I had your enthusiasm and trust when it comes to baking 🙂


51 Kathryn March 9, 2013 at 11:03 AM

I hope you’re home safely now and enjoying your home comforts! This soup loves wonderful – full of such great flavour.
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52 Kiran March 11, 2013 at 3:13 AM

Kathryn — thank you and I’m home safely 🙂


53 Donalyn March 9, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Kiran – this is such a lovely recipe – I love all bean soups, but lately I’ve been drawn to those a more broth like texture and this fits perfectly!
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54 Kiran March 11, 2013 at 3:19 AM

Donalyn — thank you so much, my dear. And I agree with you — brothy deliciousness is the way to go 🙂


55 Sophie March 10, 2013 at 12:32 PM

A lovely soup! It is more like a complete meal in one cute bowl!



56 Kiran March 11, 2013 at 3:23 AM

Sophie — thank you and you are right about “complete meal” 🙂


57 katie March 12, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Yum! This soup looks amazing!


58 Kiran March 31, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Katie — thank you!


59 amy @ fearless homemaker March 14, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Ooh, I love soup SO much and yours always look perfect! Hope your trip home was a big success! =)


60 Kiran March 31, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Amy — thank you so much and I hope you are doing well, my friend. xoxo


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