Five-Bean Soup

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + standing Cook: 1 hour 35 min.


14 servings (3-1/2 quarts)

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
One of my family's favorite soups, this tasty recipe was one I discovered years ago. Served with a salad and bread or rolls, it makes a savory supper. Sometimes we like to grate mozzarella cheese over the individual bowls just before serving. —Lynne Dodd, Mentor, Ohio


  • 5 packages (16 ounces each) dried beans: lima, great northern, kidney, pinto and split peas (enough for four batches of soup)
  • 3 beef bouillon cubes
  • 3 tablespoons minced chives
  • 1 teaspoon dried savory
  • 1 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2-1/2 quarts water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes


  1. Combine beans; divide into four even batches, about 3-3/4 cups each.
  2. To make one batch of soup: Wash one batch of beans. Place in a large kettle; add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil; cook for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hour.
  3. Tie spices in a cheesecloth bag. Drain and rinse beans. Return to kettle; add bouillon, spices and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 1-1/2 hours or until beans are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove spices. Add tomatoes and heat through.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 191 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 293mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 13g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 meat.