Oh I loved this soup. It tastes just like you'd imagine a can of blended pork and beans to taste, except better.
The soup was a bit spicy for the kids, although they did eat it. Read "the verdict" below to see how I would adjust for next time.
1 (15-ounce) can white kidney beans, or pinto beans (if you are going to use dry, pre-soak 2/3 cup overnight, and then cook until beans are soft)--no need to drain canned beans
1 cup finely diced onion (I used 2 minis)
1 cup diced carrot
3 teaspoons dijon mustard
2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
1 tablespoon gluten free soy sauce
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 (14.5-ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes (and juice!)
2 cups water
salt to taste before serving
Use a 5-6 quart slow cooker. Put beans into pot, and top with onion and carrot. Add all seasonings and spices. Pour in the entire can of tomatoes, and add water. Stir.
Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours, or on high for 4-5. If your beans were dry, you might need to go as long as 10 hours, depending on altitude and humidity.
Before serving, pulse a bit with a hand-held stick blender to blend some of the beans. This will thicken your broth and provide a richer flavor. If you don't have a stick blender, scoop out about 1 cup of liquid and pulse CAREFULLY! in a traditional blender, and stir back into the crock.
I really, really liked this soup. Adam thought it could use some bacon.
There's a slight kick from the chili powder, but it's not overpowering. If I was making it again for my kids, I'd cut back on the onion and the chili powder. My kids ate it, but they would have eaten more if it was a bit milder. I served it with Pamela's drop biscuits. The leftovers freeze well, but you will probably need to add a bit of broth or water to thin it out again.
more bean soup:
refried bean soup
black bean soup
split pea soup