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How to make Sos Pwa Blanc (Navy Bean Soup)

Navy Bean Soup / Sos Pwa Blanc

Sos Pwa Blanc, also known as Haitian Navy Bean Soup, is more than just a meal; it’s a warm hug for the soul. Fragrant, creamy, and deeply satisfying, this soup is a cornerstone of Haitian cuisine, enjoyed across generations and celebrations. It’s as diverse as the people who make it, with countless variations passed down through families. But at its heart, Sos Pwa Blanc is about simple ingredients, rich flavors, and the comforting power of a shared pot.

The Navy Bean Canvas:

Navy beans, small and unassuming, become the foundation of this soup. Cooked until tender, they transform into a creamy base, absorbing the essence of aromatics like garlic, scallions, and thyme. Some cooks prefer a smooth puree, while others leave some beans whole for textural contrast. It’s all about personal preference!

Spice Up Your Life:

Haitian cuisine is vibrant and bold, and Sos Pwa Blanc reflects that. Adding a whole hot pepper add a subtle heat, while cloves, thyme, and sometimes even a touch of nutmeg bring warmth and complexity. The key is balance, allowing the natural sweetness of the beans to shine through.

Beyond the Beans:

Sos Pwa Blanc is traditionally served with a side of white rice, the perfect canvas to soak up its creamy goodness. But the possibilities don’t stop there! Fried plantains, vegetable stew/steamed or salad, and even grilled/fried meats, fish, or chicken make fantastic accompaniments.

Navy Bean Soup / Sos Pwa Blanc
Navy Bean Soup / Sos Pwa Blanc

A Culinary Journey:

Making Sos Pwa Blanc is a journey into Haitian culture. The aroma that fills your kitchen is an invitation to gather friends and family. The simple act of sharing this soup fosters connection and community.

The Beauty of Diversity: Unlocking the Magic of Sos Pwa Blanc

Sos Pwa Blanc isn’t just a recipe; it’s a canvas for culinary creativity. Forget the idea of a single, definitive version. Instead, dive into a vibrant tapestry of variations! Explore online resources, delve into cookbooks, and, most importantly, tap into the wisdom of Haitian friends and family. Each recipe holds a unique treasure, a personal touch passed down through generations.

For me, crafting any dried bean soup hinges on achieving a perfect seasoning harmony. Freshly ground spices unlock the beans’ earthy soul, allowing their true essence to shine. When it comes to navy beans specifically, many cooks swear by a secret ingredient: a pinch of sugar. This surprising addition balances the savory and spicy notes, elevating the overall flavor profile to new heights.

So, embrace the beauty of diverse interpretations! Experiment, adjust, and discover your own perfect bowl of Sos Pwa Blanc. Let the journey be as delicious as the destination.

Beyond the Recipe:

As you explore Sos Pwa Blanc, remember it’s more than just a dish. It’s a window into Haitian history, resilience, and cultural richness. So, the next time you enjoy this soup, take a moment to appreciate the journey it represents and the community it embodies. Bon appétit!

Haitian Sos Pwa Blanc: A Creamy Navy Bean Soup Adventure

Sos Pwa Blanc, Haitian Navy Bean Soup, is a heartwarming journey for your taste buds. This recipe combines simple, flavorful ingredients for a rich and creamy experience. Let’s delve into the delicious details:

Ingredients:

  • Dried navy beans: The humble foundation of our soup, packed with protein and earthy flavor.
  • Water: Enough to generously cover and cook the beans until tender.
  • Olive oil: Adds richness and helps saute the aromatics. Substitute with grapeseed or coconut oil for a lighter option.
  • Garlic cloves: Minced for a burst of aromatic garlicky goodness.
  • Fresh parsley: Whole sprigs release their essence during cooking, infusing the soup with herbacious notes.
  • Thyme: Another aromatic herb, thyme adds a touch of earthy warmth.
  • Bay leaves: These lend a subtle, complex flavor that deepens over time.
  • Scallions: Adds freshness and a mild oniony bite.
  • Chives (optional): For a delicate onion flavor with a hint of pepperiness.
  • Red onion or shallot: Either option provides sweetness and depth of flavor.
  • Whole cloves: These add a subtle warmth and complexity, not spiciness.
  • NouBess Hot and Spicy Sauce: Adjust the amount according to your preferred heat level. You can use other hot sauces, too.
  • Salt and pepper to taste: Seasoning magic! Adjust to your palate’s desires.
  • A couple of pinches of sugar: This secret ingredient balances the savory and spicy notes, enhancing the overall flavor profile.
Navy Bean Soup / Sos Pwa Blanc
Navy Bean Soup / Sos Pwa Blanc

Instructions:

  1. Cleanse and soak: Rinse the beans well and soak them in the water overnight (or for at least 4-6 hours) for faster cooking and softer beans. If your beans are trusted, soaking isn’t mandatory.
  2. Simmering symphony: Transfer the beans and water to a Dutch oven or large pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 2-2.5 hours, or until the beans are tender.
  3. Sizzle and release: While the beans simmer, heat the oil in a small skillet. Saute the garlic, parsley, thyme, bay leaves, scallions, chives (if using), red onion/shallot, and cloves for a minute or two, just until fragrant.
  4. Flavorful infusion: Remove the aromatic mixture from heat and immediately add it to the simmering beans. Stir and season with salt, pepper, and sugar.
  5. Creamy bliss: Reduce heat to low and continue cooking until the beans reach a desired creamy consistency. If needed, remove a ladleful or two of the beans, puree them in a blender/food processor, and return the creamy blend to the pot.
  6. Spicy kick: Stir in the hot sauce and simmer for another 5 minutes, letting the flavors meld.
  7. Spoon and savor: Serve your Sos Pwa Blanc with fluffy rice and enjoy the comforting warmth of this Haitian classic!

Tips:

  • For a smoother soup, puree more of the beans.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh herbs like cilantro for an extra pop of flavor.
  • This soup is even tastier the next day, allowing the flavors to deepen.
  • Feel free to experiment with different types of hot sauce or add other spices like smoked paprika or cumin.

Additional Tips:

  • Use good quality broth or homemade stock for added depth of flavor.
  • Don’t be afraid to adjust the spice level to your preference.
  • Leftovers taste even better the next day!
  • Share your experience and variations with others on social media using #SosPwaBlanc.

I hope this post inspires you to explore the delicious world of Sos Pwa Blanc! With this addition, your Sos Pwa Blanc will have a more balanced and delicious flavor profile. Enjoy!

Navy Bean Soup / Sos Pwa Blanc

Sos Pwa Blanc, Haitian Navy Bean Soup

Sos Pwa Blanc, Haitian Navy Bean Soup, is a heartwarming journey for your taste buds. This recipe combines simple, flavorful ingredients for a rich and creamy experience.
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Soaking Time 6 hours
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine Haitian Cuisine
Servings 8
Calories 246 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound dried navy beans
  • 3 quarts water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 scallions chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives optional
  • 1 red onion or 1 large shallot chopped:
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Noubess Original Hot and Spicy Sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A couple of pinches of sugar

Instructions
 

  • Cleanse and soak: Rinse the beans well and soak them in the water overnight (or for at least 4-6 hours) for faster cooking and softer beans. If your beans are trusted, soaking isn't mandatory.
  • Simmering symphony: Transfer the beans and water to a Dutch oven or large pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 2-2.5 hours, or until the beans are tender.
  • Sizzle and release: While the beans simmer, heat the oil in a small skillet. Saute the garlic, parsley, thyme, bay leaves, scallions, chives (if using), red onion/shallot, and cloves for a minute or two, just until fragrant.
  • Flavorful infusion: Remove the aromatic mixture from heat and immediately add it to the simmering beans. Stir and season with salt, pepper, and the sugar.
  • Creamy bliss: Reduce heat to low and continue cooking until the beans reach a desired creamy consistency. If needed, remove a ladleful or two of the beans, puree them in a blender/food processor, and return the creamy blend to the pot.
  • Spicy kick: Stir in the hot sauce and simmer for another 5 minutes, letting the flavors meld.
  • Spoon and savor: Serve your Sos Pwa Blanc with fluffy rice and enjoy the comforting warmth of this Haitian classic!

Notes

  • For a smoother soup, puree more of the beans.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh herbs like cilantro for an extra pop of flavor.
  • This soup is even tastier the next day, allowing the flavors to deepen.
  • Feel free to experiment with different types of hot sauce or add other spices like smoked paprika or cumin.

Nutrition

Calories: 246kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 13gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 22mgPotassium: 709mgFiber: 14gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 85IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 103mgIron: 3mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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