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    Italian Mixed Bean Soup

    Italian Mixed Bean Soup. Photo by Kim127

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    10 hrs 20 mins

    20 mins

    10 hrs

    Umberle's Note:

    This is my standard bean soup recipie that I've been using for a couple of years. It's highly adaptable and makes a pot big enough to feed myself and my bf one meal a day for a whole week. Generally I take it to work for an easy lunch. :) It looks like a lot of work to make but it's actually quite simple. The cooking time includes the 8 hours of soaking for the beans.

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    Ingredients:

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Pick through the dried beans and discard any shrivled or broken beans. Also watch out for tiny stones. You can use any mix of beans you like but my mix tends to inclue equal parts navy beans, pinto beans, and kidney beans.
    2. 2
      Put the beans in a large pot and add water enough to cover the beans by a good 3 inches. Cover and let soak for at least 8 hours or overnight. (alternately you can put the beans in a pot, cover with water, bring to a boil, cover and remove from heat, let stand for an hour. It yields a differnt texture but still yummy).
    3. 3
      Drain beans.
    4. 4
      Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Saute the onions and garlic until the onion becomes translucent or about 3 minutes. Add the celery and carrots, saute another 2-3 minutes.
    5. 5
      Add the 8 cups of water and bullion cubes. Bring to a boil. Cover and lower heat to simmer. Simmer for 1 hour and 40 minutes.
    6. 6
      Add lentils, tomatoes, spinach, ground red pepper, oregano, and basil. Cover and simmer 20 minutes more.
    7. 7
      Both beans and lentils should be soft at this point. If they are not let them simmer longer.
    8. 8
      Add salt and pepper to taste.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 20, 2010

      I already made beans from scratch and was trying to figure what to do with them. Found this recipe and it was perfect. Used 2 cups of fresh spinach roughly chopped and added zucchini. Used fresh oregano which I had on hand and some basil paste. Pulled out some beans and broth, used the blender and returned it to the soup to make it even thicker. YUM!!!

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    • on October 31, 2008

      55

      This was my first attempt using dried beans. Wow, I let them soak over night and used them for this recipe for an amazing end result. I followed the recipe exacly and it was so good. I tried to invite my husbands friends over for dinner but he said no so he could eat it all himself!

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    • on September 16, 2012

      55

      Yum! Halved the recipe which made about six portions. Did not use lentils and substituted sliced cabbage. Very happy with the outcome and would definitely make again.

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    Nutritional Facts for Italian Mixed Bean Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (308 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 125.9
     
    Calories from Fat 18
    14%
    Total Fat 2.0 g
    3%
    Saturated Fat 0.3 g
    1%
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    0%
    Sodium 182.5 mg
    7%
    Total Carbohydrate 21.0 g
    7%
    Dietary Fiber 9.0 g
    36%
    Sugars 4.8 g
    19%
    Protein 7.4 g
    14%

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