Mrs. Claus' Cookbook - Winter Bean Soup Mix

Winter Bean Soup Mix

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Recipe Details

Total Time:
not specified
6 servings (about 1 1/2 cups each)
Gluten‑free, Good for parties/potlucks


1/3 cup dried yellow split peas
1/3 cup dried green split peas
1/3 cup dried lima beans
1/3 cup dried pinto beans
1/3 cup dried kidney beans
1/3 cup dried great northern beans
1/4 cup instant minced onion
2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Layer all ingredients in a 1-pint glass jar. Store tightly covered at room temperature up to 2 months.

On gift tag put recipe for Calico Bean Soup as follows:

  1. 8 cups water, Winter Bean Soup Mix, 2 medium carrots, chopped (1 cup), 2 medium stalks celery, chopped (1 cup), 2 pounds smoked ham shanks.

  2. Heat water and Winter Bean Soup Mix to boiling in 4-quart Dutch oven.

  3. Boil 2 minutes; remove from heat. Cover and let stand 1 hour.

  4. Stir carrots and celery into bean mixture. Add ham shanks.

  5. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 2 hours or until beans are tender.

  6. Skim fat if necessary. Remove ham shanks; remove ham from bone. Trim excess fat from ham. Cut ham into 1/2-inch pieces. Stir ham into soup. Heat until hot.


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Mary says:

I omitted all the meat ingredients and made it vegetarian. I couldn't find yellow split peas at the store, so I substituted with garbanzo beans. When layering the ingredients in the jar, I did not put any bouillon because salt toughens the beans when added before the beans are cooked (also because I was making it vegetarian). After the beans were cooked, I added 1–2 tablespoons lemon juice, a dash of soy sauce, and salt to taste. It tastes really yummy! This soup reminds me of pasta fagioli. It's a great soup to warm you up on a cold day.

11/5/2012 7:54:03 AM

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