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Bean Soup Recipes



Bean Soup Recipes are great low cost meals because beans, lentils, split peas and barley are, not only healthy grains, but very inexpensive.

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Some of our favorite bean soup recipes:

Ham and Bean Soup

2 Cups dried beans
8 Cups water
1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon chili powder
Ham bone
Chopped ham, as much as desired
1 garlic clove
28 oz. can tomatoes
Bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
Add dried beans in a large bowl. Cover with water and let sit overnight. Drain beans and add to a soup pot. Add ham bone and bay leaf, cook for 1 hour on medium-low heat. Add more water to cover if needed. Drain beans and add back to pot. Add in 8 cups water, onion, chili powder, ham, garlic clove, tomatoes, lemon juice and another bay leaf in the pot. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes-1 hour.

White Bean Soup

3 Cups white beans, dried
1 onion, quartered
2 bay leaves
1-2 potatoes, cubed
2 carrots, cubed
You can add in chopped ham, polish sausages, cooked chicken or ground hamburger if you'd like or leave out.

Cover dried beans with water and let sit overnight. In the morning drain the water and place beans in a pot. Cover with water and add a quartered onion and 2 bay leaves. Allow to cook on medium-low for 1 hour or until beans are slightly tender.

~If using canned beans forgo the directions above and start here.
At dinnertime add potatoes and carrots to the beans. Add more water if needed to cover all the vegetables. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender.

white bean soup

More Recipes for Bean Soup 

Start with a good basic broth recipe using chicken broth or bouillon with water, then add whatever grains you prefer. You can feed more people with these recipes by simply adding more chicken broth, vegetables and grains, if desired. Here are two recipes using this method.

Split Pea and Barley Soup

2 Cups Split Peas
2 Cups Barley
6 Cups Chicken broth
2 carrots, diced
2-3 stalks celery, diced
1 onion, quartered or chopped fine
Salt and pepper
bay leaf
In soup pot, add split peas, barley, chicken broth, carrots, celery and onions. Season with salt and pepper and add 2 bay leaves. Simmer on medium-low for 30 minutes-1 hour. Taste and season with more salt and pepper or other seasonings if desired. Italian seasoning, parsley or oregano would also be a good addition to the soup.

Black Bean Soup Recipe

2 Cups black beans
2 Cups brown rice
6 Cups chicken broth
2 carrots, diced
1 onion, quartered
salt and pepper
2 bay leaves
Use the same method as above. If you are using white rice add that 10-15 minutes before serving as white rice will take much less time to cook.


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Different Kinds of Bean Soup Recipes

Lentil Kielbasa Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
turkey kielbasa, sliced
1 large onion, chopped
4-5 carrots,diced
4 stalks celery, diced
4-5 garlic cloves, minced
6 cups water
3-4 Cups chicken broth
2 large cans diced tomatoes
1 1/2 bag(s) (16-ounce) lentils

Saute kielbasa with onion, garlic, carrots and celery for several minutes.

In a soup pot, add chicken broth, tomatoes and lentils. Stir in kielbasa and vegetables. Cook on medium for 30-40 minutes until lentils are tender.
lentil soup


Black Eyed Pea Stew

1 lb. ground beef, chicken or turkey
1 bag (16 oz) dried black-eyed peas or 2 Cups cooked or canned (if canned wash and drain)
6 cups water
2-3 beef bouillon cubes
pinch of pepper
5 carrots, chopped

If using dried beans, place in a bowl and pour water to cover. Let sit overnight.

Grate one onion in a frying pan and brown beef with onion. Drain and place in crock pot. Add in chopped carrots, black eyed peas, water, bouillon cubes and pepper. Stir and cook on low 8 hours.

black eye stew

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