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Hearty Bean Soup

Jami Nolen

November 29, 2009


For the month of December, all of the recipes will serve as healthy gifts from the kitchen. Here is a hearty bean soup mix to give out as a gift.



4 mix packages
Each prepared mix yields 8-12 servings
(1 cup serving = 160 calories, 0 cholesterol)



  • 1 pound dry black beans
  • 1 pound dry Great Northern beans
  • 1 pound dry red kidney beans
  • 1 pound dry pinto beans
  • 1 pound dry green split peas



  1. In large bowl, mix beans. Spoon into four 4-cup containers (e.g. 1 quart jars or plastic zipper bags), placing about 3 rounded cups in each container.
  2. Prepare Seasoning Bags (see below). Place 1 Seasoning Bag in each container. If giving mix as gifts, include the Hearty Bean Soup recipe with each gift.


Seasoning Bag

Cut four 6-inch squares of plastic wrap (or use small plastic sandwich bags). On each square, place 3 beef-flavor bouillon cubes, 3 tablespoons dried chopped chives, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon dried savory, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper and 1 bay leaf. Gather plastic wrap up to form a pouch, tie with string or ribbon. Place one seasoning bag in each container of bean mix.


Provide recipe below to gift recipient.





Additional ingredient needed:
Stewed tomatoes (14½ - 16 oz. can)


At least 3 hours before serving:

  1. Rinse beans from 1 container of Hearty Bean Soup mix with cold water and discard any stones or shriveled beans. In 5-quart Dutch oven over high heat, heat beans and 9 cups water to boiling; cook 3 minutes. Remove from heat; cover, and let stand 1 hour. Drain and rinse beans.
  2. Return beans to Dutch oven; add contents of seasoning bag from mix and 5 cups water. Over high heat, heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 1½ hours or until beans are tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add one 14½ - 16 oz. can stewed tomatoes with its liquid. Over high heat, heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cook uncovered 15 minutes longer; stirring to break up tomatoes. Discard bay leaf.




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