Bosnian Grah bean soup

This is a rich, smoky stew filled with beans, veggies, and tender chunks of vegan meat or tofu.

If you need a bowl of healing comfort food, this is it.

I wish you much ease and peace in your day today.


  • 2 cup dry white cannellini beans, soaked and boiled until tender, or 2 cans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp thyme or oregano
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 250g package vegan beef chunks, chopped into small pieces (can substitute tofu)
  • 1 Tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbsp red wine or port (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp flour or cornstarch
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach, chopped


If you’re using dry beans, soak them in water for at least an hour and then pre-boil them for at least an hour before adding to the soup.

In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, stir often, and cook for about 5 minutes until it softens and starts to brown.

Mix in the garlic, smoked paprika, thyme or oregano, carrot, bell pepper, and vegan meat chunks. Stirfry for another 5 minutes or so to start to soften the veggies and brown the vegan meat.

Next, add the tamari, nutritional yeast, red wine, salt and pepper, bay leaf, tomato paste, flour, water, and beans. Mix well, cover, and bring to a boil.

Then the heat down to low and simmer for at least 1 hour to develop the flavors, then add the baby spinach, taste to adjust salt, and serve hot. Enjoy your bowl of comforting love!

Chef Maitri Carmichael brings a creative and peaceful energy to every plate. She grew up in Toronto with a British Grandma and an Italian Nonna who showed their love through food, then she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years, spending her free time at community farms and zen kitchens. Originally a scientist and biotech entrepreneur, she graduated from the Vegan Chef School in London (2021) and the Raw Food Culinary Academy in Vancouver (2023), and is now settled in Hawaii.

One response to “Bosnian Grah bean soup”

  1. maitricookswithlove Avatar

    So comforting and delicious! 🙂

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