|Hearty Bean Soup Mix
1/4 cup dried garbanzo beans
1/4 cup dried navy beans or lima beans
1/4 cup dried red kidney beans or pinto beans
1/4 cup dried whole or split peas
3 Tablespoons minced dried onion
2 Tablespoons whole wheat berries (optional)
2 Tablespoons pearl barley
2 Tablespoons dried celery flakes
2 tsp. instant beef bouillon granules
1/2 tsp. dried basil, crushed
1 bay leaf
Combine all ingredients in a plastic bag or layer in an airtight
container. Store, tightly sealed, until needed.
Add the following recipes when giving
Basic Hearty Bean Soup
Combine contents of package with 7 cups water in a 3-quart saucepan.
Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 2 minutes. Remove from
heat, cover, and let stand 1 hour. (Or soak bean mixture in the water
overnight in a covered pan.) Do not drain. Bring beans and liquid to
boiling, reduce heat. Cover and simmer 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until beans
are tender. Remove bay leaf. Season to taste. Makes 6-8 side dish
Meaty Bean Soup
Follow basic recipe through the soaking step. Add 1 3/4-1 pound beef
shank crosscuts. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 1-1/2
hour. Remove meat, chop coarsely and return to soup. Remove bay leaf.
Add 1 16-oz. can tomatoes, cut up and undrained. Add one medium carrot,
chopped. Cover and simmer for 30 more minutes. Season to taste. Makes
Spicy Bean Pot
Follow basic recipe but reduce water to 5-1/2 cups. Remove bay leaf.
Brown 1/2 pound ground beef and drain off fat. Add 1 tsp. chili powder
and cook 1 minute. Add to bean soup along with 1 10-oz. can Rotel. Heat
through, stirring occasionally. Season to taste. Serve in tortilla bowls
or with corn chips. Garnish with jalapenos, if desired. Makes 6-8
Cheesy Bean Soup
Follow basic recipe through the soaking step, except reduce water to 4
cups. Remove bay leaf. Mash beans slightly. Add 2 cups milk and 1 6-oz.
link cheese food or smoked cheese food. Cook and stir until beans are
soft. Makes 4-6 main dish