Financial Crisis Soup
This soup has staying power to help you remain stable as the market lurches, lots of healthy fiber to keep your economy moving, and it costs just a few cents per serving. It’s made in a slow cooker, which my son calls the crack-pot. Perhaps that could be thought of as a reference to the people who thought they were running the financial system.
Make in a slow cooker.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Slow cooker time: 4 to 5 hours on high, or 8 to 10 hours on low
1 package navy beans (2 cups)
Soup bones *
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 rib celery, sliced
½ tsp garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1/8 tsp pepper
6 to 7 cups water
1 tsp salt
optional: cubed ham
• You can use: 1-2 ham hocks, smoked pork bones, chicken drumsticks, beef soup bone, or smoked turkey with bone.
1. Layer in a slow cooker, in order, peas, meat, carrots, onions, celery, garlic, bay leaf, and pepper. Pour in water. Do not stir.
2. Cover and cook on high for 4 to 5 hours or on low for 8 to 10 hours or until beans are very soft.
3. Add salt.
4. Remove meat bones and bay leaf. If you prefer a smoother soup, cool slightly, then puree the mixture, 2 to 3 cups at a time, in a blender container. (I never bother with this step.)
5. Cut meat from bone, dice, and return meat to soup in slow cooker.
6. Optional: add cubed ham and stir
Note: I like less salt than most people. Add more salt if it seems to need it.
You can also make this soup with green split peas - the color of money!