Traditional 15 BEAN SOUP

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Guest recipe courtesy of Sunshine & Hurricanes (http://www.sunshineandhurricanes.com/15-bean-soup/) "...One of my favorite recipes is for 15 bean soup. The vibrant and rich colors of the different beans reminds me of the leaves changing on the trees, and its savory aroma and hearty flavors make it a perfect hot meal to warm the family up on a chilly day in October or any other month of the year for that matter..."

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Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of Hurst 15 bean soup
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 14.5 oz can (or box) diced tomatoes
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 1 tsp of chili powder
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic diced
  • Optional: 1 lb. of ham, ham hocks or smoked sausage

Cooking Directions

  1. Simply rinse the beans and discard any debris, then place in the pot with 8 cups of water and soak overnight (at least 8 hours).
  2. Drain the water the beans were soaking in over night and add 8 cups of fresh water along with the onion and meat (if using).
  3. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer covered for 1½ to 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Next add the tomatoes, the chili powder, lemon juice and garlic and simmer covered for another 30 minutes.
  5. There is a seasoning packet included with the beans, you'll want to add that one to two minutes before your cooking is complete.
  6. Salt and pepper to taste.