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Try This at Home—Dolly’s Bodacious Bean Soup

From looking at her, you’d never know that Dolly Parton is a fantastic cook. But, visit any of her Dollywood properties or her dinner attractions and you’ll pick up on her appreciation for a good Southern-cooked meal. I tried one of her recipes at home—Bodacious Bean Soup—and made a video for you to see how easy it is. The ingredients and directions are below, as well.

What You Need

½ cup dried red kidney beans

½ cup dried great northern beans

½ cup dried pinto beans

½ cup dried navy beans

½ cup dried split green peas

½ cup dried lentils

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

1 large garlic clove, chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

2 carrots, peeled and sliced

2 quarts vegetable or chicken stock, or canned low-sodium broth

1 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes

Salt and Pepper

Grated Cheddar cheese [optional]

How You Make It

Pick over all the beans, peas, lentils and cover with water. Soak overnight in a large soup pot.

Drain the beans and rinse with cold water. Dry the soup pot.

Heat the oil in the soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until soft and fragrant, about five minutes. Add the celery and carrots and sauté about 10 minutes more. Add the vegetable stock. Now turn up the heat and bring to a boil. Add the beans, peas, lentils, and tomatoes. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the beans are tender, about one hour. Season with salt and pepper and serve with cheese.

By | 2018-01-22T17:40:53+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Dolly Parton|0 Comments

About the Author:

Sami Cone (Dollywood Insider 2016-2018) is proud to call Nashville home where she lives with her husband and their two children. She says they love traveling and are happy to sacrifice the “stuff” of life so that they can fuel their mission of being a family on the go together. Sami is a blogger (, radio host and TV correspondent and best-selling author of "Raising Uncommon Kids". She draws on her experiences as a writer, editor, university professor, performer, professional athlete, and pageant winner to help women realize their full potential in life. Sami also wants to help you plan a great visit to Dollywood, so she’s excited to reveal behind the scenes information as an Insider.
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