Tuesday, November 23, 2010

16 Bean Soup

The first party I remember giving as an adult was in the winter of 2001 when I was living in Atlanta. My friend Stacy and I had gotten together and decided to give a winter Smores party for our friends. Everyone would go ice skating and then come back to soup and hot cocoa and treats. We also gave away little Smores ornaments as favors. It was a great plan.

But then I got sick. 

Instead of ice skating, I decided to stay back and get everything ready for the party. The main dish was a huge soup pot full of 16 bean soup. We've all seen this bag of assorted dried beans in the grocery aisle and probably passed it many times.  I'm here to tell you that this bag of beans is worth making for your next soup.  In fact when I made the soup everyone thought it was chili - little did they know it had no meat in it. When you make this soup make sure you throw away the soup flavoring packet that's included (yuck). We can do much better than that.

16 Bean Soup
1 16 oz package of 16 bean soup mix (throw away the flavor packet)
2 tbsp of chili powder
1 tbsp of cumin
1 onion chopped
2 cloves chopped garlic
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 6 oz can of tomato paste
3 pieces of bacon chopped
2 quarts Chicken broth

Pour the beans in a pot and fill with water until it covers the beans by an inch. Let them soak overnight.  Strain and rinse the beans. In a dutch oven or soup pot put 1 tbsp olive oil in the bottom and cook the bacon over medium high heat until crisp. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and add chopped onion and garlic. Saute until translucent and then add the beans back in with the chicken broth and spices. Bring to a boil and the add the tomato paste. Lower the heat to medium and  cook for 2-3 hours on medium heat until the beans soften and the soup thickens.


  1. I have to keep an eye out for this, I have never bought uncanned beans. Thanks for sharing.

  2. We love bean soup and it is divine to go with corn bread:D Your bean soup looks delish!

  3. You didn't mention anything about the bacon after removing it from the pot -- is it not used in the soup?

  4. But ... bacon is meat.

  5. You are right it wouldn't be vegetarian if you used the bacon which you can definitely leave out. I used it purely as a way to flavor the bean soup. I didn't put the bacon back in.

  6. I made this tonight, and it's delicious! I added some Worcestershire sauce and a chopped chipotle chili for a kick. Next time I make this, I'll also throw some veggies in. Thanks for sharing!


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