This do-ahead soup mix allows you always to be prepared!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
2 hrs 30 mins
total:
2 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
4 batches of 6 bowls
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • To make bean mix: Measure pinto, navy, kidney, lima, and garbanzo beans, and combine in a large airtight container or bag.

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  • To make seasoning mix: Combine onion, paprika, salt, mustard powder, garlic, chicken bouillon powder, beef broth, parsley, bacon bits, and vegetable flakes in plastic bag and shake to mix. Place bag in bean container. Store at room temperature.

  • To make one batch (6 bowls) soup, start 2 1/2 hours before. Rinse 1 1/2 cups bean mix in sieve under running water. Place beans in a three-quart saucepan. Add 5 cups water, 1 tablespoon oil, and 1/4 cup seasoning mix. (You can add 1 can tomatoes and juice at this time, or you can add the juice and reserve the tomatoes to add near the end of the simmering time.) Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 2 to 2 1/2 hours until beans are tender.

Nutrition Facts

211 calories; protein 11.9g 24% DV; carbohydrates 34.2g 11% DV; fat 3.7g 6% DV; cholesterol 1mg; sodium 538.8mg 22% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2007
Okay, just to help future makers of this soup, it took me FOREVER to hunt down mixed vegetable flakes in my area. I called every store and hunted down every aisle. Finally I found them in the bulk bins at Whole Foods in the next town. Whew! Soup was delish, by-the-way, and it helps to ask the grocer for dehydrated veggies rather than mixed veggie flakes. I swear, Ive never been looked at so strangly in all my life. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/02/2009
I thought I followed this recipe exactly and can't figure out why it just didn't work but it didn't. We just didn't like it. I'm just glad we tried it before we packaged it up as Christmas gifts. Read More
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32 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2007
Okay, just to help future makers of this soup, it took me FOREVER to hunt down mixed vegetable flakes in my area. I called every store and hunted down every aisle. Finally I found them in the bulk bins at Whole Foods in the next town. Whew! Soup was delish, by-the-way, and it helps to ask the grocer for dehydrated veggies rather than mixed veggie flakes. I swear, Ive never been looked at so strangly in all my life. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2006
I have made this recipe three times so far. It's a mainstay. Add 1/4 cup uncooked pearled barley near the end of the cooking time to give the broth a stew-like texture rather than the watery broth you get otherwise. Also, serve with 1/2 oz of plain goat cheese for great flavor and to (ahem) avoid the gastrointestinal consequence typical of eating beans. (An enzyme in the cheese enhances digestion of the beans in the small intestine, or something. :o) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2003
A great recipe for cold evenings when you have little time to cook. Just throw it in the crockpot and forget it until dinner time! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2006
I tried the recipe as you would make it to put in a jar as a gift (6 servings). The flavor was good but even after simmering for 3 hours the beans still weren't soft. I'd definitely recommend letting the beans soak overnight then drain and rinse before cooking in the soup. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2011
I put my beans in a 1 1/2 pint canning jar add the seasonings right on top put a lid on it and store it in the pantry. After dumping the mix in the crockpot I add 3 jars of water per jar of mix. (Takes 2 for our medium-sized family.) I buy high-end beans at the health food store so they are already triple-washed. I don't pay attention to the bean mix in the recipe use whatever beans I want and go for some variety so its pretty in the jars. (Easy gifts too.) I use vegeterian boullion and skip the bacon bits so I'm not limited when feeding vegeterians. The thing I like most about this is it is an instant meal. With a day of appointments ahead of you all you have to do is throw the jar or two of beans and seasoning in the crockpot add a few jars of water a can of timatoes and go. Come home to a great aroma and good flavor. This is a magic recipe. For one thing I always heard you cannot put salt in beans before they are cooked but this has salt & bouillon but it works. The taste is great- good by itself but not overpowering if you want to flavor it differently. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2003
GOOD SUGGESTION VERY HEALTHY VERY TASTY. I LIKE MINE COOKED A LITTLE LONGER COMMMMME AND GETTT IT. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2003
This is a great bean soup! Having the mix ready when you need it makes this recipe very convenient. The spice mix is wonderful! This soup has plenty of GOOD flavor and with some creative packaging this mix would make a great gift idea. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2009
excellent soak the beans before I used Knorrs Veg Dep for veg flakes Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/11/2007
This is yummy on a cold wintry day. I couldn't find all the different types of beans sold separately but used a "15-bean" mix that worked great! Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/02/2009
I thought I followed this recipe exactly and can't figure out why it just didn't work but it didn't. We just didn't like it. I'm just glad we tried it before we packaged it up as Christmas gifts. Read More
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