Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Six Bean Soup Mix

This is really a Gift in a Jar idea.
The thing is that it can be a gift 
for someone else or for yourself.
I like to make up three or four at a time
for our own use.
These are wonderful both to give and to receive.
It's something that saves time
and can be used up.

Six-Bean Soup Mix

1/2 cup each (dried):
red beans
navy beans
pinto beans
lima beans
kidney beans
Great Northern beans

Then in a small zip-lock bag:
2 bay leaves
2 Tbl. dried minced onion
1 Tbl. dried parsley
1 tsp. dried minced garlic
1 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

And on top:
1 beef bouillon cube
1 vegetable bouillon cube 

Then for cooking:
1 can diced tomatoes
1-2 lbs. cubed ham, bacon, or sausage

To cook, remove seasoning packet & bouillon cubes.
Place beans in large pot with seven or eight cups water.
Let soak overnight.
Bring beans to a boil - let boil 2-3 min.
Remove from heat and let sit 15-20 min.
Pour off water.
Add 5-6 cups water, spices, bouillon, diced tomatos, and meat.
Now you can either bring it to a boil then reduce heat
and simmer for an hour and a half to two hours,
or my favorite...
Put it all in a crock pot or Dutch oven with low heat and leave it alone
until dinner time.

This is one of the ways I use up left-over ham.
Mr. LB loves it and even likes to have them reheated for a second meal.

Until next time,
Nimble Fingers and Even Stitches


  1. I love food in jar ideas! Will have to try this :)

  2. What a nice gift idea...pretty looking and tasting I'm sure. I'm thinking every the children can help making these. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  3. Oh I love the food in a jar ideas for gifts. I love bean soup too. I've seen them in stores and they are pricey. I've always wanted a recipe. Thanks for sharing! This is perfect for the Fabulous Fall Linky Party too! I'd love you to share it!

    1. Thank you. I have never seen them in stores which is probably a good thing if they are pricey as I love them too.
      PS link is not working so I will try going round-about way.

  4. This is so fun, I would be someone who would love to receive a gift like this. Thanks for linking up at Simple Meals Friday. I am pinning this one right now!

    1. That's so sweet. Thank you. I love easy meals (especially when they taste good.)

  5. Thanks for linking. Your post was perfect for the Fabulous Fall linky party! Fall is soup weather!
    Have a great Friday. Sherry

  6. I love your soup post it was perfect for the Fabulous Fall linky party! Soup is perfect for Fall.
    Thanks for linking!