Italian Style Bean Soup Mix

Total Time
3hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 3 hrs

This recipe is wonderful for gift giving. Include a packet of corn bread or muffin mix in a basket with a couple of nice soup bowls. Recipe comes from Gifts from a Jar Soups, Chiles and More.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To made the mix: layer the beans in a 1 quart jar with tight-fitting lid.
  2. Combine the onion, basil, bouillon cubes, parsley, garlic and pepper in a small food storage bag; close bag.
  3. Place the seasoning bag over the beans, spreading out bag to cover beans; add pasta shells.
  4. Close jar, cover top of jar with fabric; attach gift tag with raffia or ribbon.
  5. Attached directions to preparing soup to jar.
  6. Soup:.
  7. Remove the pasta and seasoning packet from jar; set aside.
  8. Place the beans in a large bowl; cover with water and soak for 6 to 8 hours or overnight.
  9. Drain beans; discarding the water.
  10. Combine the soaked beans, water, pasta sauce and contents of seasoning packet in Dutch oven.
  11. Bring to a boil over high heat; cover, reduce heat and simmer 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until beans are tender.
  12. Add the pasta and spinach; cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until pasta is tender.
  13. Season to taste, serve with grated Parmesan cheese.
Most Helpful

If I could give this a 10 I would! I quarupled the recipe as I was making this for an Italian church dinner we were having. I used all your seasoning and soup ingredients. I did alter the medium pasta shells though for Three Cheese Tortellini. Kind of a spendy pasta - but it was on sale so splurged. It was a great addition! I also added 1 lb ground sausage. Everyone that ate it LOVED it. It was served with parmesan cheese and croutons. Made for the March Aussie/NZ recipe swap.

Chef on the coast March 08, 2009

I received this easy-to-make and tasty bean soup mix from PaulaG. I soaked the beans overnight as directed, but used my crock pot to cook them in the following day. I combined the water, pasta sauce and seasoning packet and left them to cook in my crock pot. How easy! About 30 minutes before serving, I added the pasta and baby spinach. The soup was very flavorful and was perfect to serve on a cool evening. Thanks PaulaG.

CarolAT March 17, 2008