Monday, January 26, 2009

Mixed Bean Soup

A basic mixed bean soup.

Mixed Bean Soup

I had a couple of 1-pound packages of Hayes Star Brand bean soup mix in my pantry that came with a food box, and to be honest, I had never been much fond of the mixed beans soup mixes. Just too many different beans going on for me and I'm never quite sure how to season them.

I finally decided to take the plunge and use some of the leftover ham from dinner the other night and just take a chance and create my own mixed bean soup. I also had a couple of handfuls of some sea shell pasta so I decided that would work well with this soup and tossed it in. You could use whatever pasta you have on hand or just leave it out altogether.

I have to say that this combination of seasonings worked out perfect. This was a delicious soup that I will definitely be making again and with a serving of the Parmesan Garlic Toast on the side ... just over the top! Hope you give it a try. Here's another recipe I came up with using the Hayes Star Brand Bean Mix recently. Sausage, Beans & Rice - if you're looking for something other than a soup!

Recipe: Mixed Bean Soup

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 2 hours 30 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 pound mixed bean soup mix, like Hayes Star Brand
  • 2 quarts of water
  • 1-1/2 cups of diced, smoked ham
  • 1/2 of a large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 of a green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 stalk (rib) of celery, chopped
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 or 2 jalapenos, chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dried tarragon
  • 1/4 teaspoon savory
  • 1 medium bay leaf
  • Couple handfuls of medium shell pasta, or your choice of pasta
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons of salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning, or to taste, optional
Instructions

Soak beans overnight, or use the quick boil method. Rinse and sort through the beans looking for any stones or foreign objects. Place beans into a stockpot, cover with water plus about 1 inch and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, remove from the heat, cover and let sit for an hour. Drain and return to pot and add 2 quarts of fresh water. Place on stovetop and bring to a boil. While you’re waiting on that to come to a boil, add the ham, onion, bell pepper, celery, garlic, jalapenos, black pepper, thyme, tarragon, savory and bay leaf.

Reduce heat to a low simmer, and continue cooking partially covered for up to 2 hours or until beans are tender and soup has thickened to desired consistency. Add the pasta, salt, and Cajun seasoning. Cook an additional 10 minutes, or until pasta is tender. Taste, and adjust seasonings as needed.

Cook's Notes: May substitute chicken broth or use a half and half mix of broth and water. Serve with a side of this marvelous Parmesan Garlic Toast - just delish!

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12 comments:

  1. I love mixed bean soup and it's one of my husband's favorite ways to have beans. You've added so many delish ingredients, I'm gonna try it your way. The garlic toast sounds great too.

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  2. I was really pleased with the combination of flavors. This would be great with bacon instead of ham too of course if you don't happen to have any leftover ham. I still have some bags of beans left - you'll have to share your method with me!

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  3. My fiance and I just laid down $4500 for a wedding chapel we're being married at in June. We have $0 and nothing in the house but these Hayes Star beans. Thanks to YOU, we're able to have a dinner of something other than toast that tastes ABSOLUTELY MARVELOUS!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

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  4. Oh my gosh! You are sooo welcome and well, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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  5. I had a package of Hayes Star Bean soup from Angel Food and I was not sure how to fix them. I had never seen this combination up north. I made your recipe and it is wonderful. I did not have tarragon or jalapeno's but do have hot cajun seasoning which improved it a lot. I am from Ks. but love southern food.

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  6. So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks so much for coming back to let me know!! Stick around and I'll feed ya real good! ;)

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  7. Hello~
    I made this for dinner tonight with a left over Christmas Ham Bone. This was FABULOUS!! Even the kids liked it =)
    Thanks for a great website!

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  8. This soup was awesome!!!!! I happen to find a bag of bean soup in the pantry. I'd never had it before, but I LOVE beans. I only added 2 1/2 slices bacon instead of ham, and I ommitted the jalapenos, cajun seasoning. I've eaten it 3 times already, dinner last night, lunch today and snack today (I'm pregnant!). It is just SO good and so satisfying and nutritious.

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  9. Thanks so much Anon!! Glad y'all enjoyed it.

    mamadulce - congrats on your baby!! And thanks for coming back to leave a comment about the soup too. :)

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  10. We love mixed bean soup and I am going to try your recipe...sounds delish.
    Yes, I have found very small rocks and clumps of mud in some bags of beans so it is a good idea to sort them.

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  11. This soup is delicious! Didn't have jalapenos on hand so I substituted green chiles and pablano peppers and increased the slap your mama seasoning. I also made the parmesan garlic bread to go with it. Both were great!

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    1. Thank you Amy! So funny, I was just thinking about this soup today!!

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