Bean Soup is always a good thing to have in the fridge. You can easily heat it up and it’s delicious, healthy, low-fat and filling!
My husband hates beans because he’s from Minnesota. My daughter won’t eat them due to the “fart factor” (she’s a teenager). But I find them delicious, healthy and quite comforting, especially on a rainy day when I don’t have time to stand in the kitchen and break my back cooking…
15 Bean Soup- Homemade
I buy a “15-bean mix” from the bulk section. You can buy a bag of “15 Bean Soup Mix” off the grocery shelves, but it has a package of seasonings that I question…so I just buy the beans and add my own seasonings…and some sausage for the husband to interest him in the beans…
Did you know black beans are the highest bean source of antioxidants? Yep. Research indicates the consumption of black beans may improve cardiovascular health, reduce inflammation and assist in eliminating bad cholesterol. The specific phytonutrients found in black beans are flavonoids: delphinidin, petunidin and malvidin. These flavonoids control lipid metabolism and positively aid in the excretion of cholesterol.
The fiber acts like a vacuum cleaner in our digestive tract–it “sweeps out harmful toxins, pathogens and extra sugar. Soluble fiber also assists in maintaining the body’s natural pH level. Legumes are naturally alkaline, whereas most people have elevated acidic pH levels due to diets high in meat, cheese and processed foods. Through the consumption of the high-alkaline legume, the pH level is balanced, allowing the liver and other organs to function properly.
Cook up a quick batch of homemade cornbread and call it dinner…
15 Bean Soup is a hearty, healthy meal with great flavor!
- 1 pkg dried 15 bean soup mix
- 1 large smoked hamhock optional
- 1/2 large onion chopped
- 64 oz. vegetable, chicken, beef broth/stock -OR-
- 64 oz. water
- 2 tablespoons oil
In a large stock pot on medium heat, add oil and chopped onions
Saute onions until translucent or tender
Add water or broth/stock
Add ham hock; available in the meat/ham section of your grocer. I recommend using a smoked ham hock for optimal flavor.
Allow beans to come to a boil
Once beans have come to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cover
Continue to cook, checking liquid level frequently, until all beans are tender
- You can purchase a 15-bean soup mix pre-packaged, or buy the 15 bean mix in the bulk section of some grocers. If you purchase the pre-packaged bean mix, discard the seasoning packet.
- The seasoning packet is 'ham' flavorings; the ham hock serves as a healthier substitute for the packet of dry seasonings.