There are times of the year you need to make your grocery budget stretch and your meal plan fuller. A great solution to do that is to make bean soup! Hearty, tasty, and can be used several days. Here are some amazing bean soup recipes you just HAVE to make.
My Mother used to make the best bean soup. It was hearty, it was tasty, and the perfect example of a bean soup recipe. Unfortunately, she passed away and I never had the chance to get the recipe. Our church has a soup sale, and their ham & bean soup was almost as good.
I did try to come up with my own bean soup recipe, and while it was good, it just wasn’t “that” recipe. Does that make sense?
I am going to share some things about the bean soup recipes that I do know about, and then share some delicious recipes below, so keep reading to find out more.
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So, before I share some recipes, let’s talk some bean soup basics. I found that when it comes to a good recipe, you need to start from the beginning. So here we go.
So What Beans Can I Use In My Bean Soup Recipes?
The great thing about bean soup is there is no limit to what beans you can use in your recipe. The main thing is to use the ones your family will enjoy the most. Some examples of beans that you can use:
- Pinto beans
- Black beans
- Large or baby lima beans(I don’t use these because no one in my family likes them)
- Small red beans(I love these in regular chili too!)
- Great Northern beans
- Kidney beans
- Navy beans
The point is, there are endless combinations of beans that you can use to make your perfect bean soup recipes to savor any time of the year.
Do I Have To Soak My Beans Overnight Before Putting Them In The Soup?
For the best results, it is recommended that you soak your beans overnight. They are going to cook better & may be less likely to fall apart. But if you don’t have time(or forgot)to soak them overnight, here is a quick-soak method you can use.
How Long Will Bean Soup Recipes Last Once They Are Made?
If you are storing your recipe in the refrigerator, it will generally last from 3-4 days. Make sure you storing it in an airtight container, leaving at least one inch of “breathing room” between the soup and the top of the container.
Will Bean Soup Recipes Freeze Well?
This is one of the reasons why I love making bean soup(or supporting our church by buying theirs)so much. If you want to freeze your bean soup, you can generally keep it frozen for 3-4 months. If you take extra care, it will last about 6 months. Two easy methods include storing them in freezer containers. Again, leave space between the soup and the lid.
A great space saving method is to use freezer bags. Ladle the soup into a bag, seal tightly, and lay flat in the freezer. Once frozen, you can stand them up so they take up less freezer space.
To reheat your soup, place the bag or container into cold water to thaw. Then reheat the soup on the stove on low heat till warmed through. Reheating the soup in the microwave tends to make things mushy and it doesn’t reheat evenly.
Now that the basics are covered, let’s get to the recipes. I hope that you enjoy them! I had a blast collecting them from these amazing digital influencers that have a flair for cooking!
Amazing Bean Soup Recipes
#1. Drugstore Divas shares a great recipe for Kale & Bean soup. What a perfect combination!
#2 Vegan White Bean Soup from Little Sunny Kitchen is the perfect bean soup recipe for those that enjoy vegan recipes.
#3 I am generally not someone who eats sweet potatoes, but this Sweet Potato Black Bean Soup is definitely changing my mind, thanks to Nibble and Dine.
#4 A Day in Candiland is sharing a wonderful recipe for Low Carb Mexican Chicken White Chili. The perfect combination of healthy & zingy
#5 Spicy White Bean Pumpkin Soup by Delicious Everyday is a really nice recipe to combine some tasty favorites.
#6 Spend With Pennies is sharing an amazing recipe for Italian Bean Soup. I am so adding this to my recipe book!
#7 Crockpot Vegan Split Pea Potato Soup is a great combination of flavors. Thank you Stacy Homemaker for sharing this flavorful recipe.
#8 Sidewalk Shoes shared this wonderful instant pot recipe for Ham and Bean soup. A quick and flavorful recipe, I can’t wait to try it!
#9 Scrappy Geek is a lady after my own heart with this recipe for Smoked Sausage White Bean Soup. I have recently become a fan of smoked sausage, so I was really excited to find this incredible recipe.
#10 If you are looking for something different, then this recipe for Hatch Green Chile Black Bean Soup from Simply Happy Foodie may just be what your dinner table needs!!
#11 And you can’t forget my 5-Bean Slow Cooker Soup!
#12 Accidental Happy Baker is sharing a recipe for Butter Bean Soup. I haven’t seen a lot of recipes using butter beans, so sharing this recipe was a pleasure.
#13 Made With Happy is sharing a recipe for Winter Sausage and Bean soup. Another one of those recipes that combines a smoky flavor. You can’t beat that!
#14 Michelle from Honest and Truly shares a great recipe for Creamy Tuscan Bean Soup. This is definitely a different recipe, and I am adding the ingredients for this recipe to my shopping list for the next time I get to the store.
10 More Bean Soup Recipes:
Here are some more bean soup recipes I believe that you will enjoy. There are so many choices out there, sometimes it is hard to know where to start. All I know is, while I was searching around for recipes to share, I had to wipe the drool off of my mouth.
- Easy Black Bean Soup In Cumin Dusted Bread Bowls
- Red Lentil Soup With Lemon
- White Bean Tortellini Soup
- Hungarian Red Lentil Soup
- White Bean And Barley Soup
- White Bean & Escarole Soup
- Italian Sausage Soup With White Beans And Spinach
- Swiss Chard Soup With Lentils
- Easy One Pot Black Bean Soup
- Easy 15-Bean Soup
Don’t forget, you can turn your recipe into an entire meal by adding a side salad or serve your soup in a bread bowl. The possibilities are endless, and your entire family will be happy and satisfied.
The best thing about these recipes is you can easily substitute ingredients to match your budget. You can tailor the recipes to your families needs and tastes. You can stretch out these recipes by serving them with rice or noodles. The possibilities are endless, and you can satisfy your appetites without draining your bank account.
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