3 Sisters Soup

I’m paying homage to the 3 Sisters Garden with some FABULOUS soup!


Not too long ago I posted about my visit to the beautiful homestead of FutureFarming. While I was there, I immediately recognized one of the gardens as being a ‘3 Sisters Garden‘. I found this great link that explains the legend, and includes some nice diagrams showing how you can implement a 3 sisters garden in your own space:


Please CLICK HERE! Learn about the 3 Sisters Legend!


A 3 sisters garden lends itself perfectly to a pot of warm soup. This recipe is incredibly simple, yet delicious! I kept thinking that I’d have to add something to it, because it was so insanely easy, but it tasted perfect. My family could not get enough of it. I had tried a couple other versions of 3 Sisters Soup before this one; one included zucchini, white beans, and corn–another included acorn squash, corn, and pinto beans.


This particular recipe stood out from the rest to me because it has green beans and potatoes in it–two of the plants that were growing in the 3 sisters garden at the Future Farming homestead. I also like that this recipe includes hominy. Native Americans would soak corn kernels in a lye solution, creating hominy, which stored better than raw corn because it would not sprout. In addition to improved storage, hominy is also said to have an edge over plain corn nutritionally, as the soaking process converts some the vitamins into a form that is more readily accessible to our bodies. Though most of us don’t know how to make hominy, it’s currently readily available, canned, in just about any grocery store. I have found white and golden hominy in cans–I personally think the golden hominy is much more flavorful (white hominy is made from white corn, golden from yellow corn). As a side note, I think learning to make hominy would be a great sustainability project! Click here to see a very simple way to make your own hominy.


Something to keep in mind when making this simple and soul-warming 3 Sister Soup–make sure you use a good, quality vegetable broth–since there are no spices except pepper, you’ll need that good broth to carry the flavor. Of course, you can always add spices and herbs if needed, but I find that the wonderful flavor of this soup in its barest form calls for nothing extra! I have made it three times for the family (I had a monster butternut squash to use up)…and it will be a staple around here during the cold months. Enjoy!


Three Sisters Soup

(adapted from allrecipes.com)


2 c. golden hominy (can use corn instead if desired)

2 c. fresh or frozen green beans (trimmed and snapped if fresh)

2 c. winter squash (i.e. butternut or acorn), peeled and cubed

1 1/2 c. peeled and cubed potatoes

5 c. vegetable broth

2 T. butter

2 T. flour

1/4 t. pepper


Place the hominy, green beans, squash, and potatoes into a pot, and pour in the vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer until the vegetable are soft. Melt the butter in a bowl and blend the flour into it with a fork, then stir into the soup (I dip the bowl into the soup a few times to get all the buttery goodness out). Increase heat to medium, and cook until the soup thickens. Season with pepper and serve.


Peeling and chopping a squash can be challenging. I find it easiest to cut the squash into  small sections that are more easily peeled, then dicing up the flesh of the peeled sections.


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