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Be Prepared Five-Bean Soup Mix Recipe
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Be Prepared Five-Bean Soup Mix
With this dry bean mix made in advance, soup’s ready when you are. See more
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Be Prepared Five-Bean Soup Mix

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

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Original recipe makes 4 batches of 6 bowls Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs 30 mins

    2 hrs 45 mins


  1. To make bean mix: Measure pinto, navy, kidney, lima, and garbanzo beans, and combine in a large airtight container or bag.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 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.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 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.

May 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)

Dec 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!

Jan 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.

Dec 13, 2003


Dec 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.

Nov 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.


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  • Calories
  • 211 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 34.2 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 3.7 g
  • 6%
  • Fiber
  • 8.8 g
  • 35%
  • Protein
  • 11.9 g
  • 24%
  • Sodium
  • 539 mg
  • 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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