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Mixed Bean Soup

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 (2-1/2 quarts)


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 162 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 790mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 6g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • middjett
    Jan 16, 2020

    First time, this was ok....but the next time, i doctored it up and it was fantastic. To begin I doubled the recipe. And used half water and half vegetable broth. Then i used 1/2 lb. ground beef, and 12 oz Italian sweet sausage. I used 1 can fire roasted tomatoes, and 2 of just regular canned tomatoes. Let that simmer a bit. I didnt use near the salt that was called for, i used maybe 1 tsp. But I did add 2 chicken bouillon cubes, 1/2 package taco seasoning, some extra red pepper flakes, 1 tsp. paprika, and maybe 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper, along with some garlic. Was quite good after that. i will make again my way. So 3 stars for original recipe, but 5 for mine. So rounded out to 4 total.

  • KimandTommy
    Jan 10, 2016

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

  • Pankajkumar
    Sep 12, 2013

    good recipe..

  • tonyinselby
    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.

  • JO213
    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.