White Bean Miso Soup

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Preparation Time 20 minutes Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 Cost Per Serving $0.87
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3/4 cupDried White Navy or Kidney Beans (or 1 can cooked beans)
1Bay Leaf
1 1/2 tbspRed or White Miso Paste
1/2 tspGround Black Pepper
Sweat Pea Pesto
1 cupFrozen Peas
2 tbspLemon Juice
1/4 cupGrated Parmesan
1/4 cupFresh Mint or Basil (any herb)
1/4 tspSea Salt
3 tbspOlive Oil


  1. If using dried beans, soak the beans overnight. Discard the water the next day.
  2. Rinse beans and place in pot, add bay leaf. Cover with 4 cups of water, bring to a boil, reduce and simmer for about 2 hours or until beans are tender. Add more water as needed. Remove bay leaf.
  3. Stir in miso paste and season to taste. (optional) top with a spoonful of pesto.
  4. For the pesto, add all the ingredients to a food processor or blender, and pulse until chunky but not smooth. Use as needed and freeze the remaining.



Coping with a Bland Taste:

  • Cancer and cancer treatment such as chemotherapy, surgery, radiation to head and neck and some medicines can cause changes in the way that foods taste.
  • If foods taste bland, add ingredients that will help to boost flavour like spices, herbs, and condiments. 
  • Ingredients that are high in umami (savoury taste) like parmesan cheese, dried mushrooms, teriyaki sauce, fish sauce, and fermented products like miso paste and sauerkraut, can help to really boost flavour.
  • Remember to experiment with different foodsto find what works best for you and try foods more than once. For most people, changes in taste do get better over time, but for some people taste changes can last for a year or longer. Everyone is different.