Fifteen Bean Soup

191There is nothing better than a bowl of hot, home-made soup on a cold winter day, and this recipe is probably the easiest one I know. The ingredients are also very inexpensive, so it is also one of my most economical recipes too. This soup makes a great side dish, or it can be served on its own. Enjoy.

GM

FIFTEEN BEAN SOUP

1 package dried fifteen beans or mixed beans
1 can beef broth
1 can diced tomatoes with green chili
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon black pepper
seasoning packet (if included with the beans)
1 – 2 tablespoons salt (optional)
1 cup cubed ham (optional)

Soak beans overnight in a bowl of cold water. The following morning pour beans into a colander and rinse thoroughly, removing any loose skins. Pour beans into a large stockpot, add enough water to completely submerge the beans, and remove any loose skins that may float to the top. Place on stove and heat to boiling over medium heat.

If the water appears “foamy” after it begins to boil turn off heat and pour beans back into colander. Rinse thoroughly again, and again remove any loose skins. Pour beans back into stockpot, add enough water to submerge the beans, remove any loose skins, and again heat to boiling over medium heat. If the water appears “foamy” again, pour into colander and repeat.

Once water is boiling, and it appears less foamy, add remaining ingredients, cover and simmer on low for approximately six hours or until beans are soft and tender. This soup goes well as a side dish with steaks, or serve with cornbread.