Bela's Potato and White Bean Chowder Recipe -
Bela's Potato and White Bean Chowder Recipe
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Bela's Potato and White Bean Chowder

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"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!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr


  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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  • Note
  • European soldier beans are a long, white heirloom bean. Any type of white bean may be substituted.

Reviews More Reviews

Jan 20, 2009

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.

Apr 03, 2009

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!


8 Ratings

Apr 22, 2007

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.

May 31, 2007

Delicious! A real stick to your ribs chowder.

Jan 06, 2011

Really enjoyed this recipe. Only variation I made was to add additional vegetables & had alder smoked salt as I don't use bacon bits. House smells wonderful with the aromas! :) Thanks for this recipe.

Mar 08, 2015

I won't use red skin potatoes, so subbed one of the potatoes with a carrot for color. I had no butter, so only used the flour to thicken the soup. I would never have thought to use cloves in a bean soup, so found that interesting!


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  • Calories
  • 424 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 66.2 g
  • 21%
  • Cholesterol
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 13.1 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 9.4 g
  • 38%
  • Protein
  • 11.9 g
  • 24%
  • Sodium
  • 557 mg
  • 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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