This wonderfully hearty soup is great for chilly fall or winter nights. Three types of beans and plenty of vegetables combine in this flavorful medley. Dry beans may be substituted, but will require soaking overnight.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 cups
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Place onion and garlic in the saucepan and slowly cook and stir until tender and browned.

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  • Place the great northern beans, red kidney beans, black beans, celery, carrots, potatoes, tomato-vegetable juice cocktail, brown sugar, thyme, water and vegetable bouillon in the saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat approximately 25 minutes. As the mixture thickens, stir in the red wine.

Nutrition Facts

310 calories; protein 11.3g; carbohydrates 51g; fat 5.5g; cholesterol 1.6mg; sodium 393.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2003
Thank you Cathryn for this good soup. It has a lovely earthy flavour that makes you just want to eat more and more! My Portuguese husband liked it a lot - I used Romano and kidney beans (because that's what I had in the cupboard) - I must try the great northern beans the next time I make it. Laura Pearsall. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/02/2006
I'm not sure why it was called spicy and it was actually pretty bland. It was OK after adding salt pepper and some tabasco but there are plenty of similar soup recipes that are much better so I won't be making this one again. Read More
(13)
10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 2 stars
10/02/2006
I'm not sure why it was called spicy and it was actually pretty bland. It was OK after adding salt pepper and some tabasco but there are plenty of similar soup recipes that are much better so I won't be making this one again. Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2003
Thank you Cathryn for this good soup. It has a lovely earthy flavour that makes you just want to eat more and more! My Portuguese husband liked it a lot - I used Romano and kidney beans (because that's what I had in the cupboard) - I must try the great northern beans the next time I make it. Laura Pearsall. Read More
(7)
Rating: 2 stars
10/20/2004
I'm sorry but why is this soup called spicy? There isn't anything in it that is spicy. Also I found I had to cook it alot longer than 25 minutes over medium-high heat to get the carrots and potatoes to cook all the way through. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2004
Effective and imaginative pairing of red wine and vegetable juice cocktail!!! Made up this recipe in my crock pot on New Year's Eve day adding a 1/4 pound of Canadian bacon). Plugged in the crock pot when we returned from New Year's Eve celebration to allow for overnight cooking and had a marvelous hardy soup for "noshing" during the football games! This soup is a keeper and one we'll return to many times in the coming months! Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
03/19/2010
I doctored the seasonings on this quite a bit and I can't use alcohol in cooking so I had to omit the red wine. The soup turned out delicious and my (very picky) husband made a point of telling me that he really liked it a LOT. I didn't have celery so I used bell pepper and some celery seed in place of that. I added marjoram parsley Bacon Salt a little red hot sauce a bay leaf and some herbes de Provence. I ran most of the ingredients lightly through the food processor before adding them to the pot. The soup turned out delicious with a very nice texture. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2011
This soup was a hit. The best part was the red wine broth....delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2015
Even though there is nothing spicy about this soup it is very good and full of flavour. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/13/2018
The core recipe was very good. I added some hot peppers to give it a kick. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
03/15/2010
OK first of all if you're using dry beans its going to take most of the day to cook. I added a little salsa and used spicy V8 to add flavor it and added ham hocks to really give it some flavor. Read More
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