Mixed Bean Soup Recipe
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Mixed Bean Soup Recipe

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Guests and family alike praise this soup and always ask for seconds. The nicest thing about it is that any variation of dry beans can be used. - Arlene Hilman, Cawston, British Columbia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + standing Cook: 2-1/2 hours
MAKES:10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + standing Cook: 2-1/2 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 package (12 ounces) mixed dried beans
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 pound ground beef, cooked and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Pepper to taste

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 162 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 790 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 12 g protein.


  1. Rinse and sort beans. Place beans in a Dutch oven or soup kettle; add water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 1 to 4 hours or until beans are softened.
  2. Drain and rinse, discarding liquid. Add water to the beans; bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until beans are tender. Discard bay leaves. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Mixed Bean Soup in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p133

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Reviewed Jan. 10, 2016

"I like that this tastes good and is healthy but it's not outstanding. I will probably make it again sometime."

Reviewed Sep. 12, 2013

"good recipe.."

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2013

"I'm in the UK, and used the "Exotic Bean Mix" from Morrison's supermarket to make this. Really nice soup (and I'd never made bean soup before; I'm more of a lentil specialist). Delicious soup, just right for a cold winter day.

One point: I added the specified 1 tbsp of salt then tasted the soup immediately. I was horrified at how salty it was. However after 2 hours of simmering the beans, which had been cooked without salt up till then, had absorbed the salt and the soup's seasoning was perfect. Clever cooking."

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"Since I live alone, I split this recipe and I still had extra to freeze. This is excellent for cold winter days. The only change I made was to use stewed tomatoes instead of the ordinary diced tomatoes. This is a winner for sure."

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