Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Peasant Bean Soup - A Homemade Bean Soup Mix

This is another bean soup mix that we've enjoyed. The ease of pouring water and a soup mix in a pan and having a meal all prep is wonderful on a busy day. This also makes a great gift for a busy mom.

I like to add ham to this soup. Since I usually have pre-cooked ham in the freezer, this is an easy addition.

Just a note: make sure that you sort your beans well when you place them in the jar. You don't want to find a stone in your soup!

You can find more information on bean soup mixes on this post.

Peasant Bean Soup

2 cups great northern beans (or other white bean such as navy bean)
2 T dried carrots
1 T dried celery
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp bouillon
1 T tomato powder
1 bay leaf
8 cups water
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups cooked, chopped ham (optional)

Layer beans, vegetables and seasonings in jar or plastic bag. I usually layer the vegetables and seasonings first then fill the pint jar to the top with beans.

To make soup, dump soup mix ingredients into large pot and add 8 cups of water. Cook until beans are soft, using one of the methods below. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add ham if desired. Remove bay leaf. Serve.

Cooking methods: 

Note: Cooking time will vary depending upon your cooking method and the type and age of your beans but here is what has worked for me.

Oven: Bring water and soup mix to boil in a large dutch oven on stove top. When water boils, cover with lid and place in 250 degree oven for 2-3 hours. This is my favorite method since I don't have to check it.

Stove: Bring water and soup mix to boil in large pot on stove. Turn back heat to a slow simmer for about 2 hours. Add more water if needed.

Slow Cooker: Dump soup mix into slow cooker. Bring water to boil on stove and pour into slow cooker. Cook on high for approximately 5 hours.

Pressure Cooker: Follow the directions for cooking dried beans in your pressure cooker. Mine took about 30 minutes.

More bean soup mix recipes coming.


  1. Love the bean soup recipes. Photos look so yummy !!

  2. What do you use for bullion? Chicken or beef or is there another kind I'm not aware of? :)

    1. I usually use chicken - but beef is good too. Whatever you have on hand or prefer!

  3. I make the northern bean soup, with diced onion, garlic,carrots, potatoes, and celery, and ham . It is sooooo good, all the soups you have look very good too, I also like to add chicken broth, gives it a wonderful flavor.

  4. what would be good and save time is to add dried vegetables, like carrots, and such, to each jar you do, will have to do this,,, and get a dehydrator,

  5. oh, just saw that you do add dried veggies, sorry


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