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Three-Bean Soup

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 65 min.


Yield: 8-10 servings (9 cups)

This is a terrific recipe for cold days. Even my young son asks for it! I like it because it's so easy to fix.—Marilyn Coy, St. Helena, California


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed beef consomme, undiluted
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) lima beans or 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) cut wax beans, drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) cut green beans or Italian-style green beans, drained
  • Grated Parmesan or Romano cheese


  1. In a stockpot, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the tomatoes, consomme, water, barley, onion, salt, marjoram and thyme; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 50 minutes.
  2. Stir in all the beans and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Sprinkle individual bowls with cheese.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 229 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 1096mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 7g fiber), 17g protein.

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