Bean Soup Mix

 

Bean Soup Recipe

 

This is a bean soup mix and spice mix that you can make ahead and keep sealed in containers to pull out for a easy bean soup recipe.  You’ll find instructions for the bean mixture and the spice recipe in this post. Nothing better on a cold snowy or rainy day than this soup.

As I’m writing this, we have 23 inches of snow on the ground.  In another hour I’ll be able to officially say we have two feet.  Denver is no stranger to large snow storms, it’s just unique for October.  I mean Alaska probably hasn’t even had over 10 inches of snow yet.  It’s just beautiful and I love our big storms.  At the end of this post, you’ll find a gallery of photos of our Denver snow storm to get you in the mood for some soup.

So, let’s talk about snow storm food.  Haven’t we all received  bean soup mixes for gifts?  You know the ones, a bag of dried beans accompanied by an herb mix and they’re usually cleverly packaged.  Some in cute little bags, some in whisky looking jugs, some in Mason type jars.   A few of them are pretty good, but a lot of them are pretty darn bland.

Bean soup mix recipe

Well, with a little effort you can prepare your own dried bean mix and have it ready to go all Winter and I can guarantee you won’t call this mix bland.  It’s bursting with flavor and the secret is to follow the instructions for the herb mix.  Don’t skimp or skip anything.  Actually, I don’t think my current stash has any lavender, but everything else is there.

Let’s start with the herb mix.  Just mix it up and keep in sealed in a jar and add it to any bean or vegetable soup.  Its loaded with flavor.  This makes close to a quart.

Herb and Spice Mix for Soups
 
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • ½ c. dried parsley
  • ¼ c. plus 2 T. dried summer savory
  • ¼ c. cumin seeds
  • 2 T. each: fennel seeds, caraway seeds, dill seeds, cracked coriander seeds, sweet basil, and dried chervil (if available)
  • 1 T. each celery seeds, dried thyme (lemon thyme if available), sage, oregano, rosemary, lavender, sweet marjoram.
  • ½ – 1 t. cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix all together and keep sealed in a Mason jar.

Now for the fun part, the bean mix.  Take a trip to your largest supermarket with a bulk section and stroll the bean section.  Buy equal quantities of each and every dried bean you see.  Don’t forget lentils and split peas.  A good store will have some lovely calico beans, tiny red aduki, and reddish-orange lentils.  Just grab everything you see.

When you get home mix all the beans together fearlessly, hopefully you’ve got at least ten varieties, sixteen or twenty even better.  Make sure you have a container with a tight-fitting lid that will hold the loot, preferably clear, so that you can admire the beans colors and shapes.  Whole Foods has a dried vegetable mix in the bulk section.  I grab about two cups of it to add to the soup.

So there you have it.  When the snow starts flying here’s how you turn it into a delicious soup:

Bean Soup with Ham and Vegetables
 
Author:
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 2 C. bean mix
  • 7 Cups chicken stock or water
  • Soup bone, either from a ham, or I usually buy ham hocks and use 2 – 3 depending on size
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 fresh Anaheim chili, thinly sliced
  • 2 T. herb mix (from above recipe)
  • 1 large onion, coarse chopped
  • 1 – 3 cloves garlic, pressed with garlic press
  • Salt and plenty of ground pepper
  • 16 ounce can of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 medium carrots, scrubbed and thinly sliced
  • 1 rib celery with leaves, sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes, scrubbed and chopped
  • 4 ounces fresh green beans, sliced
  • 3 T. Pickapeppa sauce (or Worcestershire if you can’t find Pickapeppa brand)
  • 2 drops honey
  • ¼ cup dried vegetable mix
Instructions
  1. In a large heavy soup pot soak the beans in stock or water to cover overnight. If using chicken stock be sure to refrigerate.
  2. The next day, add enough water to pot to cover beans by 1 – 2 inches. Add the soup bone, bay leaf and chili. Bring to a boil then turn down the heat to very low and let simmer, covered until the beans are tender. 1 – 3 hours.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, simmer, covered, until the vegetables are covered. About 20 – 25 minutes.
  4. Remove soup bone, shred meat off bone and stir back into soup. Remove the bay leaves and take a potato masher and give the soup about 10 good mashes to crush some of the beans and veggies.

This really is delicious and tastes even better the next day.

Highlands Ranch Snow Storm

About 15 inches on the Weber.

Highlands Ranch Snow storm

Pine trees are somewhere out there.

Highlands Ranch Snow Storm

No birds at the bird bath?

snow storm in highlands ranch

No picnics at the patio table?

Highlands Ranch Snow Storm

My little Sammy glad to have a shoveled area to explore the patio.  Why does he only have snow on one side of his face?

snow storm in highlands ranch

Our neighbor Miguel … cheerfully shoveling snow.

Snow storm in Highlands Ranch

Neighbors across the street … I think that’s their mini-van.

Snow storm in Colorado

Snow fall is piling up.

2009 snow storm in Colorado

Here comes the sun…here comes the sun, and I say….It’s alright …

Bean Soup Mix…It’s What’s For Dinner

On this day..

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Comments

  1. says

    Ok you’re probably going to hit me, but I’m jealous. I love the snow. We can’t expect to get any here in Boston for months yet. The soup looks great, too!

    • says

      I love our big snows! The nice thing about Colorado and our altitude, as soon as that sun comes out the big meltdown begins. It only lasts a few days. Thanks for stooping by

  2. Wandering Coyote says

    Your snow was on our national news! I thought of you when I saw the story. We had snow this week, but man, you had WAY more than we did and I think I really should stop complaining!

  3. says

    Hmmm brings back memories…. I have a house in upstate New York… we haven’t been up there in the snow since last Christmas…. and we too… hunker down… and cook comfort meals and soup… honestly though I really don’t miss the cold… I like the warm weather here in Georgia… in fact it was in the 40′s here a couple of weeks ago and I complained to Warren I want to move further south…LOL

    Great post and recipe… thanks!

  4. buffalo dick says

    Thanks for the glimpse of our “white hell” to come.. Ever notice people who like snow don’t get enough of it to bother with most years.. Snowbound, eating bean soup.. crack a window or two after eating… :)

  5. says

    You know the saying “A rolling stone gathers no moss”? Well a burning weber gathers no snow. Now get out there and grill :) ;)

    LMAO about the Donna comment on the umbrella picture!!!!!!

  6. says

    Fun pictures! I love the one of your dog who apparently side-swiped a drift – adorable! You guys really got dumped on. We don’t usually get that until December, but once the “storm door” gets opened, it’s a pretty constant thing for a few months. Your bean soup seasoning has me intrigued . . . so many interesting herbs and spices, it just sounds terrific! Another great post!!

  7. says

    Seriously!? You have that much snow already? Wowza…I would just hunker down at the window and watch with a big bowl of this comforting soup! Oh my gosh….snow. Slow down Autumn!

  8. says

    Gee, girl, where was your mind when you shot the photo;)

    Tall erect strong items enter my mind in that way also. Great minds.

    The soup sounds fabulous and perfect for the blizzard you are having. I am a bit envious, we havent had a biggie like that in years.

  9. says

    We had a huge October storm up in boston about two years ago. It was so uncharacteristic and it snowed a ton, but then it didn’t snow again until February! So maybe that will be the case for you guys.

    What a great way to warm up, with that soup! It sounds so hearty and chockful of delicious ingredients.

  10. says

    Hi Leaann, That is an incredible amount of snow, for October! Perfect soup weather and I wish that I had a big bowl, right now. Great recipe! Thanks for visiting my blog and for your nice comment.

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