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- 1⁄4 cup dried garbanzo beans
- 1⁄4 cup dried navy beans or 1⁄4 cup lima beans
- 1⁄4 cup dried red kidney beans or 1⁄4 cup pinto beans
- 1⁄4 cup dried whole peas or 1⁄4 cup dried split peas
- 3 tablespoons dried onion, minced
- 2 tablespoons allspice berries
- 2 tablespoons pearl barley
- 2 tablespoons dried celery flakes
- 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 bay leaf
- Combine all ingredients in a plastic bag or an airtight container; store, tightly sealed, until needed.
- BASIC BEAN SOUP Combine contents of package with 7 cups water in a 3-quart saucepan. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat, cover, and let stand 1 hour. (Or soak bean mixture in the water overnight in a covered pan.) Do not drain.
- Bring beans and liquid to boiling, reduce heat. Cover and simmer 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until beans are tender.
- Remove bay leaf. Season to taste.
- MEATY BEAN SOUP Follow basic recipe through the soaking step. Add 1 3/4-1 pound smoked pork hock or beef shank crosscuts. Bring to boiling; reduce heat.
- Cover and simmer 1 hour for pork hocks or 1-1/2 hour for beef shanks.
- Remove meat, chop coarsely and return to soup.
- Remove bay leaf. Add 1 16-oz. can tomatoes, cut up and undrained. Add one medium carrot, chopped.
- Cover and simmer for 30 more minutes. Season to taste. Makes 4-6 servings.
- SPICY BEAN POT Follow basic recipe but reduce water to 5-1/2 cups. Remove bay leaf.
- Brown 1/2 pound ground beef and drain off fat. Add 1 teaspoons chili powder and cook 1 minute. Add to bean soup along with 1 10-oz. can Rotel.
- Heat through, stirring occasionally. Season to taste. Serve in tortilla bowls or with corn chips. Garnish with jalapenos, if desired. Makes 6-8 main-dish servings.
- CHEESY BEAN SOUP Follow basic recipe through the soaking step, except reduce water to 4 cups. Remove bay leaf. Mash beans slightly. Add 2 cups milk and 1 6-oz. link cheese food or smoked cheese food. Cook and stir until beans are soft. Makes 4-6 main dish servings.