Dried Bean Soup Mix
Every good homestead needs a back-up bean soup mix in their pantry for those nights when you need a good hearty meal but aren't sure what to put on the table.
We love having beans for lunch or supper (especially our Canned Pinto Beans) because they are easy to toss together, frugal, and they fill up your belly. This dried bean Soup Mix is another pantry staple that we keep around for when we need it.
I generally like to buy beans in bulk. Dried beans are inexpensive and even cheaper when purchased in a larger quantity (I get mine from Azure Standard). Even though there are several types of beans in this soup mix, it still makes for a frugal dish.
This recipe isn't super quick (since you have to soak the beans), but it is very easy to put together.
Dried Bean Soup Mix
What You Need for Bean Base:
- 1/2 cup dried Kidney Beans
- 1/2 cup dried Pinto Beans
- 1/2 cup dried White Beans or Navy Beans
- 1/2 cup dried Lentils
- 1/2 cup dried Split Peas
- 1/2 cup dried Black Beans
What You Need for Spice Mix:
- 1 tablespoon Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
- 2 teaspoons dried Minced Onion
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Celery Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 5 Tablespoons Brown or Raw Sugar
Layer the beans in a quart sized jar.
In a small bowl, mix together the spices.
Place them in a small bag before putting in the jar and label them so you don't forget what it's for.
When you are ready to make your soup, place the jar of beans into about 4 cups of water in the morning and let them soak all day. Drain off any excess water and place the beans in a large stock pot. Add in the spice packet and 1 pint of stewed tomatoes (or one large can from the store if you don't have your own). Also pour in 4 cups of water and 2 cups of chicken broth. Turn on a low to medium heat and let the soup simmer until beans are cooked through (about an hour or 2) you may need to add a bit more water if your soup is getting too thick as the beans soak up more water. Enjoy!
What are your favorite meals in a jar to make?
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