Monday, January 26, 2009

Mixed Bean Soup

A full flavored soup made with mixed beans, ham, the trinity and dried herbs.

Mixed Bean Soup

I had a couple of 1-pound packages of mixed bean soup mix in my pantry that I'd gotten from a food box, and to be honest, I had never been much fond of these mixes. Just too many different beans going on for me and I'm never quite sure what to do with them, or even 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 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. If you have a little bit of leftover pasta, toss that in or warm it up and just spoon the soup over it.

Here's another recipe I came up with using the other bean mix package - Sausage, Beans and Rice - if you're looking for something other than a soup!

For more of my favorite soup recipes, pop over to my Pinterest page!

If you make this or any of my recipes, I'd love to see your results! Just snap a photo and hashtag it #DeepSouthDish on social media or tag me @deepsouthdish on Instagram!


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

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

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 45 minutes to 1 hour 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!


Requires Adobe Reader - download it free!
©Deep South Dish
Are you on Facebook? If you haven't already, come and join the party! We have a lot of fun & there's always room for one more at the table.
Check These Recipes Out Too Y'all!

Spicy Cajun Sausage and Corn Soup
Turkey Carcass Gumbo
French Onion Soup

Images and Full Post Content including Recipe ©Deep South Dish. Recipes are offered for your own personal use only and while pinning and sharing links is welcomed and encouraged, please do not copy and paste to repost or republish elsewhere such as other Facebook pages, blogs, websites, or forums without explicit prior permission. All rights reserved.

Material Disclosure: Unless otherwise noted, you should assume that post links to the providers of goods and services mentioned, establish an affiliate relationship and/or other material connection and that I may be compensated when you purchase from a provider. You are never under any obligation to purchase anything when using my recipes and you should always perform due diligence before buying goods or services from anyone via the Internet or offline.

Bookmark and Share


  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.

  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!

  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!!!!

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

  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.

  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! ;)

  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!

  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.

  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. :)

  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.

  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!

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

  12. I had a down and out time to. Found myself with a bag of those beans and made a soup to die for. I through in some black beans and white and some split peas to, then some bacon and any veggies I had, onion bell peppers canned stewed tomatoes and some beef boulion it was great.... just wanted to share...

  13. Thanks so much for this recipe! We could almost live on bean soups and with winter coming up, this is a recipe I'll be making. I'm in Texas and have enjoyed so many of your great recipes! Thanks!

  14. The picture of the soup looks like it has tomatos in it. If not what makes it red?

    1. :) It's actually brown in color so maybe it's just poor photography skills or bad kitchen lighting? The only thing reddish in this soup is the Cajun seasoning. There is no tomato in the recipe, although you certainly could add some!

  15. I found this recipe called "Ground Beef Hobo Stew", tried it and the family loved it. But I lost the sheet it was printed on & can't for the life of me find. Would you please re-post it. Pretty please with gumbo all over it!!!!!!

    1. Hi Rory! I'm not sure what you mean by reposting it, but you'll find that recipe here. Just for future reference, anytime you want to find a recipe again, you can Google "Deep South Dish Hobo Stew" or whatever the recipe name is that you're looking for, and that will bring you right to it. If you can't remember the name, just enter the closest thing. Also if you access the web version of the website, there's a search box in the upper right hand sidebar. Just enter the search term there. If you're on a smartphone, it's set for a mobile view, so just scroll the bottom of the screen and you'll see "view web version." Hopefully that will help if you are looking for a recipe here in the future!


Thanks for taking the time to comment - I love hearing from readers and I read every single comment and try to respond to them right here on the site, so stop back by!

From time to time, anonymous restrictions and/or comment moderation may be activated due to comment spam. I also reserve the right to edit, delete or otherwise exercise total editorial discretion over any comments left on this blog. If your comment serves only to be snarky, mean-spirited or argumentative, it will be deleted. Please mind your manners.

Related Posts with Thumbnails