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World's Best Bean Soup Mix Recipe


Mix up beans for gifts or just to have on hand to make soup. The soup is made with ham hock, onions, and tomatoes. The beans look quite colorful when given as a gift in a glass jar. Do not forget to include the cooking instructions. Be sure to keep some for yourself.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Yield: 20 packs of mix, 6 servings each


  • 1 pound navy beans
  • 1 pound great Northern beans
  • 1 pound pinto beans
  • 1 pound red beans
  • 1 pound dried soybeans
  • 1 pound yellow split peas
  • 1 pound green split peas
  • 1 pound black-eyed peas
  • 1 pound dried lentils
  • 1 pound dried lima beans
  • 1 pound dried baby lima beans
  • 1 pound pearl barley


Combine navy beans, Northern beans, red beans, soybeans, split peas, black-eyed peas, lentils, lima beans, and barley in a large pan or bowl.

Measure out 2-cup gift packages and store in airtight containers. Include recipe instructions for usage below.

Yield: 20 packages (about 2 cups each)

World's Best Bean Soup Recipe Instructions

1 package (2 cups) bean soup mix (above)
2 quarts water
1 ham hock
1-1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 large onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 pint tomatoes
1 clove garlic, minced
3 Tablespoons lemon juice

Wash the soup mix and place in a Dutch oven. Cover with water and soak overnight.

Drain the beans and add the water, ham hock, salt, and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 1-1/2 hours until the beans are tender.

Add onions, chili powder, tomatoes, garlic, and lemon juice. Simmer 30 minutes more, stirring occasionally.

Remove ham hock from the soup. Take the meat from the bone, chop the meat and return it to the soup.

Serving Ideas: Serve with homemade bread.

Yield: about 6 servings

Recipe Source: The Perfect Mix by Diane Phillips (William Morrow)
Reprinted with permission.

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