Bela's Potato and White Bean Chowder

Bela's Potato and White Bean Chowder


"A thick, flavorful blend of potatoes and beans! I invented this recipe with ingredients I managed to scrounge on a winter's night several years ago. It has become a cold weather staple. I always serve it with bread and plenty of hot sauce. My cat, Bela, goes nuts when I make this!"

Ingredients 1 h {{adjustedServings}} servings 424 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 424 kcal
  • 21%
  • Fat:
  • 13.1 g
  • 20%
  • Carbs:
  • 66.2g
  • 21%
  • Protein:
  • 11.9 g
  • 24%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Sodium:
  • 557 mg
  • 22%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and stir in the flour to form a roux. Mix in the onion and garlic, and cook and stir until tender.
  2. Place the potatoes and bacon bits into the saucepan. Cook and stir until well coated with the roux. Season with celery flakes, ground dry mustard, cloves, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Mix in the rice milk, water, and the liquid from the beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. Increase the amount of liquid if the soup seems too thick.
  3. Mix the beans into the soup, and continue cooking about 10 minutes, until heated through.
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  • European soldier beans are a long, white heirloom bean. Any type of white bean may be substituted.
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  1. 8 Ratings


Thick and rich and delicious! I made a couple of alterations - a leek instead of an onion, fresh celery instead of celery flakes, and veggie brats seasoned with a little liquid smoke in place of the bacon bits. This is a great flexible recipe and one I'll be making often.


Really yummy and filling! I left out the bacon bits and celery salt because I didn't have any, but it still had a lot of flavor. I also subbed Earth Balance for the butter to make it vegan. Thanks!


My boyfriend & I absolutely loved this! I don't eat beans, so I left those out of the recipe but everything still turned out well. I've tried plenty of potato soups,stews,chowders but none have a good flavor until this one. I believe this will be a staple in our house.