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Seed Stew

I’ve had this idea for quite some time and finally, this past weekend, I gave it a try.  I began the recipe in celebration of the venerable bean.  Of couse and as usual, I got carried away and the result went quite beyond the intended beans.


  • 1 – 16 oz can of black beans
  • 1 – 16 oz can of kidney beans
  • 1 – 16 oz can of Great Northern (white) beans
  • 1 – 16 oz can of baby lima beans
  • 1 – 16 oz can of butter beans
  • 1 – 16 oz can of cut green beans
  • 1 – 8 oz can of green peas
  • 1 – 16 oz can of chicken broth
  • 1 – 16 oz can of chicken
  • 2 –  tbs butter
  • 1/2  – white onion
  • 1/2  – bulb of fennel
  • 1 lb –  of Kielbasa Sausage cut in one inch chunks
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2/3 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1/2 cup roasted pumkins seeds
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Chop and saute the onion and fennel in the butter in a large pot.  Add all remaining ingredients, (include the liquids), bring to a boil and simmer for 45 minutes.  Brighten with a few sprinkles of red wine vinegar and serve.

This makes a large pot to share with family and friends.  It freezes well and is even better reheated.

My father always lamented the fact that my mother perpetuated the Beans, Beans, the Musical Fruit song into my generation.  Had it not been she, it would surely have been someone else.  Of course we were delighted to be the first among our peers to know and share this delightful little ditty.  Mom also counselled us to eat bread with our beans, which she asserted would stop the inevitable gas.  It didn’t!

Somehow, however, Seed Stew did not produce such effects.  Perhaps it was canned beans, which we don’t ordinarily use.  Perhaps it was the combination that magically rendered the concoction inert.  Most likely it was a fluke.  That said, there are no guarantees, at least until the recipe has been widely field tested.  Let me know of your results.

I have a mind to try peanuts, sunflower seeds, corn and who knows what other kinds of seeds in this easy and delightful soup.

Hope you find Seed Stew as delicious as we did!


January 13, 2008 - Posted by | Beans | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. I loved this hearty soup. Perfect for a cold winter’s day. I don’t care to eat a chunk of the sausage, but I do love the flavor it gave the soup. Didn’t realize it had sesame seeds? I’m so glad you started this blog so you can record your yummy recipes and they won’t get lost in the shuffle of your brain’s filing system. That’s not to say you don’t have one of the sharpest minds I know, it’s to say so many other things may filter in and bury this recipe.

    I remember you teaching that little ditty to our girls and how tickled they were to sing it to me. I was disgusted, but then threw up my hands and decided to teach they the 2nd verse.

    Comment by booklogged | January 14, 2008 | Reply

  2. This soup sounds fabulous. I’ve never considered adding nuts to soup, but I love ’em, so why not? And Kielbasa is always great, but I think I’ll skip the lima beans. Not my favorite.

    Comment by Les in NE | January 14, 2008 | Reply

  3. That’s great! More chunks of sausage for me!

    Comment by Myke | January 15, 2008 | Reply

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