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Bean Soup Mix

Bean Soup Mix

Bean Soup Mix

  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Yield: 6 gifts

This makes 6 "batches" of dry soup mix to use for gift giving - but be sure to save a batch or two for yourself!

Ingredients

Spice Mix

  • 2 tbsp. pepper, red crushed
  • 2 tbsp. garlic salt
  • 2 tbsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 6 bay leaves, whole

Bean Mix

  • 1 lb. baby lima beans
  • 1 lb. lentils
  • 1 lb. red kidney beans
  • 1 lb. green split peas
  • 1 lb. black eyed peas
  • 1 lb. navy beans

Bean Soup Recipe

  • 1 container dry bean mix
  • 1 pkg. spice mix
  • 8 c. warm water
  • 1 ham hock (about 8 to 12 ounces)
  • 1 can (14. 5 ounces) chopped tomatoes
  • ½ c. chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp. liquid smoke

Directions

  1. To prepare bean mix: Combine dry beans in a large bowl and mix. Divide into 6 equal parts, about 2 cups each, and place in airtight containers
  2. To prepare spice mix: For each spice "package" combine 1 teaspoon EACH of garlic salt, crushed red pepper and Italian seasoning. Add 1 bay leaf to each package. Place each spice package in a small container or wrap in tightly woven cloth and tie securely
  3. Include the below recipe with each batch.

Bean Soup Mix

  1. Prep Time:  15 minutes,   Soak Time (for beans):  8 hours,   Cook Time:  3-1/2 hours (stovetop)
  2. Rinse beans. Place in a large bowl and cover with water to 2 inches above the beans. Cover and let stand 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Drain beans.  Combine beans with 8 cups water and ham hock in a stock pot or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add spice mix, tomatoes, onion and liquid smoke. Cover. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 2 hours
  4. Remove lid and simmer an additional hour, or until beans are tender. Discard bay leaf. Remove ham hock; shred meat from bone. Return meat to soup. Serve hot

Tips

This can be made using a slow cooker. Rehydrate beans as directed above. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker, and cook on high 5 to 6 hours, or low 8 to 10 hours.