South African Sugar Bean Soup


"A rich, delicious, hearty stew-like soup that's perfect for the cold nights. Easy meal served with bread. My family have been making this for generations."
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11 h 10 m servings 473 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Calories:
  • 473 kcal
  • 24%
  • Fat:
  • 14.9 g
  • 23%
  • Carbs:
  • 51.8g
  • 17%
  • Protein:
  • 30.1 g
  • 60%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 53 mg
  • 18%
  • Sodium:
  • 1106 mg
  • 44%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Place sugar beans into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let soak, 8 hours to overnight.
  2. Combine beef chuck and onions in a large pot over medium heat. Cook until beef is tender and falling off the bone, about 1 1/2 hour. Transfer beef to a cutting board; discard bones and cut beef into bite-size pieces. Place onions in a bowl.
  3. Pour sugar beans and their soaking water into the pot. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, adding more water if needed, until beans are tender, about 1 hour. Stir in beef pieces and onions; bring soup to a boil.
  4. Dissolve beef bouillon cube in 2 1/2 tablespoons hot water in a bowl. Stir in wine, tomato paste, dry soup mix, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and cayenne pepper. Gradually mix into the boiling soup. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors combine, about 10 minutes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • The beef and onions can be cooked in a pressure cooker for about 45 minutes if preferred.


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