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Nine Bean Soup October 6, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Vegetarian Recipes.

With the Holidays around the corner, here’s a recipe that’s made for giving!


Nine Bean Soup

2 cups bean soup mix (recipe below)
2 quarts water
1 large onion chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 16 oz. can tomatoes, undrained
1 10 oz. can tomatoes and green chilies, undrained

1. Sort and wash 2 cups bean soup mix. Place in large soup pot. Cover with water at least 2 inches above the beans. Soak overnight.

2. Drain beans. Return to pot. Add 2 qts. water, onion, and garlic. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours until beans are tender.

3. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Makes 8 cups. Delicious served over rice or pasta.

Slow Cooker Version:  Cook soup for 4-6 hours on High setting, adding the tomatoes during the last 1-2 hours.

Variations:  1.  Add chopped celery, diced carrot, and/or green pepper with the onion.  2.  Stir in a package of frozen spinach, thawed and drained, during the last 20 minutes of cooking.  3.  Add 1/2 cup of uncooked pasta (ditalini, elbows, pasta shells, or other small pasta) with the tomatoes.

Bean Soup Mix

1 lb. barley pearls
1 lb. dried black beans
1 lb. dried red beans
1 lb. dried pinto beans
1 lb. dried navy beans
1 lb. dried great Northern beans
1 lb. dried lentils
1 lb. dried split peas, any color
1 lb. dried black-eyed peas

1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.

2. Divide into 10 2-cup portions for gift giving using decorative bags, canning jars, or clear plastic bags tied with ribbon.

3. Include the recipe for Nine Bean Soup with each jar or bag of mix.

Note:  If you use canning jars, consider layering the different color beans rather than mixing them all together.


1. cindy - October 6, 2010

(Is that a black billiard ball on the plate?)

nrhatch - October 6, 2010

I have no idea.

I wondered the same thing before I “borrowed” the photo from the Bean Institute of Timbuktu.

cindy - October 7, 2010

Maybe it’s a plum?

nrhatch - October 7, 2010

Or maybe a wax covered cheese ~ like Edam or Gouda?

2. Paula Tohline Calhoun - October 6, 2010

Ah yes, the gift that keeps on giving, and giving! Should come with a personal-sized can of room deodorizer.

All kidding aside, I love this soup! I love soup. Period. Even if beans are the musical fruit!

nrhatch - October 6, 2010

Vegetarians rarely need room deodorizer . . . no matter how many beans they consume. Apparently, it’s rotting meat (or fish) in the bowels that emits most of the offensive odors. 🙂

3. Andalib - October 7, 2010

Now this is something that I could seriously use as I have been wondering what to feed the masses when they come visit.
When I say hordes, I mean my three bros, their wives and their kids – all of them.

Thanks Nancy!!


nrhatch - October 7, 2010

Another idea that works for crowds ~ a huge pan of lasagna.

We make a vegetarian version with broccoli, carrots, and spinach instead of the meat. So yummy.

Enjoy their visit!

4. Tammy McLeod - October 7, 2010

Great idea! This might also be a good idea for the food bank. Nutritious and filling.

nrhatch - October 7, 2010

That’s an excellent idea, Tammy!

When I make this, or any other soup, I load it up wtih veggies. Filling and chock full of good for you stuff.

5. Andalib - October 7, 2010

Mmm, sounds so yummy!!


nrhatch - October 7, 2010

When is everyone arriving on your doorstep?

Hope you have a terrific visit!

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