Simple Supper – Sixteen Bean Soup

beautiful beans

sixteen beans in all their colorful glory

Most groceries carry this mixture in the pasta/dried beans aisle. One pound makes a HUGE pot of tasty soup. Some mixtures include barley — this gives the soup body and if it’s not included in my mix, I toss in 1/4 cup with the beans when soaking. Pick up a package of sixteen-bean mix for about a dollar, and have a simple and delicious supper.

Sixteen-Bean Soup

1. Pick over and wash the beans (and barley, if using).

2. Soak in 6 cups cold water overnight
Quick-soak: bring beans to a boil in 6 cups water. Boil ten minutes, skimming off foam. Switch off the heat, cover the pan and let them sit an hour.

3. Drain off soaking water. Rinse beans. Add six cups fresh water, one chopped onion and a couple of chopped carrots. Cook at a simmer (adding water as needed), about 2-3 hours, or until beans are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Best served steaming hot on a chilly, stormy evening in autumn, with some crusty bread to soak up the broth.



  1. Asha said

    Linda, I thought I had to go and get 16 kinds of beans! Phew!!:))
    Do we get all those in one package?! That’s good! Bet it makes delicious bean soup and so nutritious too..I will try if I get that pack for sure.Thanks!!
    Pot of soup sounds so good at this time..Brr…

    Thanks Asha — that’s why I made it — warming for cold weather. You could toss in a green chile or two if you wanted more heat πŸ˜‰
    I think this week is going to be rajma week, too!

  2. shilpa said

    O wow…so many types of beans!! I would love to have this soup in this winter. I had seen this pack here in stores, but never knew what to do with it. Thanks Linda :).

    Thank you Shilpa– if you try I hope you enjoy it. It’s really nice in cold weather πŸ™‚ I have some more methi greens this week, so am ready to try your rasam powder tip!

  3. MenuToday said

    Hi Linda,
    Nice way to use diff kind of beans in one dish. Thanks for sharing your healthy protein soup..

    Thanks, MT πŸ™‚

  4. mandira said

    Very colorful and healthy Linda, I usually use 2- 3 kinds of beans.. now I will look for this – 16 beans package.

    It’s a bargain, too, Mandira! Hope you enjoy πŸ™‚

  5. Hema said

    just as everyone else said…its so colorful and obviously very healthy. Thanks for the recipe Linda.

    Thanks, Hema πŸ™‚

  6. Shankari said

    I add some italian seasoning and tomato paste to mine. But I love this soup anytime of the day with garlic bread on the side. Very nice pic.

    Garlic bread would be a great side dish, thanks Shankari!

  7. Nabeela said

    Hi Linda! here’s another tip….add parmesan rind to your stock(if you have a parmesan block with rind intact) while cooking it…it changes the flavor of the soup considerably!And your soup looks delicous! 16 beans!! wow

    Hey Nabeela — I often put the parmesan rind in minestrone soup — never thought to add it here. Will try that next time, thanks!

  8. krithika said

    How colorful ! Would definitely like to try this.

    I get mesmerized by the mixture, Krithika. BTW thanks for defining ‘field peas’ in your recent post — now I can give that a try πŸ™‚

  9. indosungod said

    Linda a hearty soup for a cold winters night a one pot delicious meal too.

    Hi ISG — yes, it’s easy and hearty on a cold night — hope we don’t have much of that winter weather too soon πŸ™‚

  10. lakshmi said

    very colorful linda

    Hi Lakshmi … I never loved a potful of *one* of these beans alone, but the colorful combination hooked me πŸ™‚

  11. Ashwini said

    Whoa…Linda nothing with 16 different ingredients can be classified as simple. I am going to track this one in my super market next time

    Hi Ashwini, I guess it’s simple since I didn’t have to mix up all those beans myself… sort of one-stop shopping πŸ˜‰

  12. Lera said

    what colourful medley of Beans,to consume….Great way to dish out a yummmy soup!

    Thanks, Lera! Warming on a cold night like tonight πŸ™‚

  13. shaheen said

    wowo. that is one protein warehouse!! yummmy beans soups for fall.

    Protein warehouse, good one, Shaheen! πŸ™‚

  14. Shammi said

    OohLaura, what a lovely, colourful mix of beans! I love all beans… and mixing them up in dals and chili is one of my favourite things to do πŸ™‚

    Thanks, Shammi — can’t beat this mix for value and volume — it makes a HUGE pot of beans πŸ™‚ Chili will be good too, some of these cold nights. I should try it with the mixed ones, thanks for that idea!

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  16. Ken said

    A good looking recipe you have there, unfortunately I already had 16 bean soup this week from another site, it was really good although there is always next week. See you next time.

  17. […] ago, I found a packet of 16 bean soup mix while doing some grocery shopping. The inspiration came from this post. It was very interesting to see so many types of beans in one packet. Since then, I have bought […]

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