STREAMING NOW: Famous Food Truck

Traditional Mennonite Green Bean Soup

Want more from Genius Kitchen?

Watch on your Apple TV, Roku, or Fire TV and your iOS, Fire, or Android device.

Learn More
“This is, of course, best with fresh-from-the-garden green beans, but frozen beans work equally well. The original recipe calls for an additional dollop of sour cream before serving, but I've grown up on this stuff just served with milk or half-and-half cream at the table. When I make this now, instead of boiling a ham bone for the stock, I slice up a pound or two of farmer sausage to make the stock and then just leave the meat in the soup. It's a mild soup, so some people add salt or chicken bouillon to give it a little extra flavour. You can also add other fresh veggies as well, like peas and chopped carrots. This is usually served with fresh New Bothwell cheese (here in Manitoba, anyway) and homemade buns.”
1hr 20mins
4 quarts, approx.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large stock pot, add vegetables to broth and simmer until vegetables are well done, about an hour.
  2. Half an hour before serving, add finely shredded parsley and savory, which has been tied for easy removal. (I usually just throw a spice ball with this stuff in it along with the veggies and leave it in there for the full hour).
  3. Remove herbs and add 2 to 3 tablespoons sour cream. Combine and serve.
  4. Or, instead of adding sour cream, just serve with cream or milk at the table.

Watch more

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a