Italian Bean Soup Jar

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

We try to eat as healthfully as we can whilst keeping sane. A few homemade "convenience foods" like this Italian Bean Soup and my Taco Soup help a lot.

Italian Bean Soup Jar

Layer in a 3-4 cup jar:

  • ¾ cup dry white beans (navy, great northern)
  • ¾ cup dry kidney beans
  • ¾ cup dry black beans

Combine in a Sandwich Bag and Add to Jar:

  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • ½ tsp granulated onion
  • 1 tbsp dried minced onion 
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

To Reconstitute:

  1. Soak beans 8+ hours.
  2. Drain off excess water (there should be less than an inch over the top of the beans) and add contents of seasoning packet.
  3. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer for about 90 minutes, until the beans are soft (this is much faster if you cook them in a pressure cooker!).
  4. Add a 28 oz can of diced tomatoes, 2 tbsp soy sauce, and 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce.
  5. Heat through and serve. Great with salad and bread sticks.


  • If you have another method/implement you like to use to cook beans, go ahead and use that. Just don't add the tomatoes until the beans are tender--it will keep them from softening.
  • These jars are great to have on hand as a healthy form of "convenience" food or for emergency preparation, but keep in mind that beans kept in a pantry for years require a much longer cooking time to become tender. To avoid that, I try not to make more than we'll eat in the next 6-12 months.

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