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Wonderbag Recipe: 15 Bean Soup

Updated on January 20, 2015

Made With Turkey Ham or Turkey Lil' Smokies

It's Fall here with a crisp in the morning air. Time to start thinking about winter favorites, food-wise that is. Bean soup is healthy and hearty. This bean soup also has a variety of beans included in the mix. I use Hurst's HamBeens brand 15 bean soup mix. Check out their website for more recipes using beans. Since I don't eat pork, I discard the ham flavor packets and use the recipe below.

When I read the back of the bean soup package I was pleasantly surprised to find all of these different types of beans included in the mix: northern beans, pinto beans, large lima beans, yelloweye bean, garbanzo beans, baby lima beans, green split pea, kidney beans, cranberry bean, small white beans, pink beans, small red beans, yellow split pea, lentils, navy beans, white kidney beans, black beans. Visit the Bean Institute for information on "The Nutritional Value of Dry Beans".

If you're not familiar with the WonderBag, visit my article on this marvelous kitchen tool. As I become more acquainted with the use of the bag, I find myself wanting to find more ways to use it. You'll find my tips included in the various hubs which feature the WonderBag. I was pleased to find the WonderBag blog for more recipes I can make using it.

The soup mix comes with a ham flavor packet. Since I don't eat pork, I used a vegetable broth and Turkey Lil' Smokies from Hillshire Farms. This dish is rather starchy, yes, but I offset that by including a salad with this meal as well as replacing one or both of the other meals in a day with a salad or salad and fruit. Just to add insult to injury, one can serve this soup over rice or cornbread or with fresh bread. Since I'm not pursuing a starch-free lifestyle, I'm not insulted at all. Keep in mind that this recipe is open to variation. You can also make it without the WonderBag, just adjust your stove top cook time accordingly. Include vegetables to your liking and the bean combination you prefer. The package of beans is 20 ounces, so any combination of bean types will work for this recipe so long as they come in at 20 ounces total. I talk more about bean soup on Jaquo.


Himalayan Sea Salt

Himalayan salt is also known as halite. It is mined in Pakistan and commonly used in place of common white sea salt or table salt. Where the Khewra salt mines in Pakistan are the second largest in the world, the Sifto Salt Mine in Goderich, Ontario, Canada is the largest in the world, but it doesn't produce the lovely pink colored salt from Pakistan.

You'll be surprised to find that because Himalayan salt is naturally formed, it is a source of dietary iodine. The mines from which this precious pink salt acquired were once sea beds, thus the salt is a sea salt. Sea salts have naturally occurring iodine whereas table salt is iodized, thus chemically enhanced to include iodine. Visit this article on Fitlife TV's website for more information on the benefits of pink Himalayan salt.

Some effects of iodine deficiency are goiter and cretinism. Some study results also suggest there's a link between iodine deficiency and breast cancer. Hypothyroidism is known to be a result of iodine deficiency. In discussing both sea salt and it's benefits, it's necessary to ensure household salt includes iodine (unless a physician suggest a diet excluding iodine). I have a brand of sea salt on the shelf which states plainly that there is no iodine in its composition. I don't use it often, preferring salt with naturally occurring iodine.

I discuss pink salt further on Jaquo.


15 Bean Soup

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What You Need

  • 1 pkg Hurst's HamBeens 15 Bean Soup (20 oz.), Discard the flavor package.
  • 1 medim - large Onion, Chopped
  • 1 - 14 oz pkg Hillshire Farms Turkey Lil' Smokies, Used in lieu of turkey ham
  • 1 large clove Garlic
  • 6 small carrots Carrot, Sliced or chopped (size as desired)
  • 1 medium Sweet Potato, Sliced or chopped (size as desired)
  • 2 medium Summer Squash, Sliced or chopped (size as desired)
  • 1 small Butternut Squash, Sliced or chopped (size as desired)
  • 1 - 14.5 can Swanson's Vegetable Broth, Used in lieu of chicken or beef bouilion
  • Salt, To taste (I use Himalayan pink salt)
  • Pepper, To taste

Putting It All Together

  1. Sautée the onions until soft along with the garlic.
  2. Add the smokies or turkey ham and continue to simmer.
  3. Add the can of broth or bouillon.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients.
  5. Add enough water to cover all ingredients with an inch of water above the surface of the contents of the pot.
  6. Boil for 35 minutes.
  7. Place the pot in the WonderBag.
  8. Bag for six hours.

Cook Time Can Vary

Prep time: 35 min
Cook time: 6 hours
Ready in: 6 hours 35 min
Yields: 12 servings

The Calabacitas Squash

I discovered calabacitas squash quite by accident. It is a squash known by many names to include gray, tatume, calabacitas or little pumpkin. You may be familiar with it's cousin, zucchini squash or it's other cousine yellow squash. They are both summer squashes whereas pumpkins and speghetti squash are winter squashes. Calibacitas doesn't fit neatly into the category of summer or winter squash, because it is both. These classifications indicate when the squashes are harvested. Calabacitas can be harvested as either a summer or winter squash.

One thing about the summer squashes I love is that I can use them almost interchangeably. If, for instance, I don't have enough zukes for zucchini bread, then I grate up a yellow or grey squash to make up the difference. I always love a bit of banana in my zucchini as well. The variation in color found in summer squash is wonderful in dishes for visual appeal.

Grow Your Own Beans ~ Start With Dried Beans


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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Thank you, ecogranny, for stopping in and commenting. Perhaps I should clarify what the wonder bag is much earlier in the article. Thanks for pointing that out.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I kept wondering what the "wonderbag" in the title meant, and then later, when you mentioned placing the soup in it, I scrolled back up, hunting for what I had missed. Eventually, I scrolled down below and found it. Thank you!

      Now I remember reading about these marvelous cooking devices some time ago. Going to have to check them out.

      We love bean soups at our house, and this looks delicious as well as healthy. Thank you for sharing it.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Thanks for the book tip, christinemariezzz. I'll look into getting a copy.

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      christinemariezzz 3 years ago

      The Brilliant Bean is a good text on getting rid of those O glee O saccharides! ( Don't know how to spelll that word, so I did it phonetically. What you discovered about soaking is a good thing...

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      I'm gladd you stopped in, christinemariezzz. Glad you liked the collage. I think it helps provide a sort of visual for folks making the recipe from the instructions. I love beans. A bit over a year ago I found a trick to degassing them. I soak them multiple times and rinse them between soakings. This gets rid of all that ich that forms on the top of the bean water.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      I appreciate your stopping in and commenting, teaches12345. I'm thinking I need to buy two packages of the Lil Smokies next time. I keep nibbling on them and usually have at least a third of the package gone before the soup is ready to be bagged. Thanks for stopping in and commenting. Let me know how yours comes out.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      SandyMertens, thanks for stopping in and commenting. Let me know how it comes out for you when you make it.

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      christinemariezzz 3 years ago's winter in Northern MI, finding myself with lentil soup, corn too...BEAN with specialty meat cuts has to be my favorite ...your bookmark like slice of photographs bordering your hub is a lovely focal point for everything you've put into this space!


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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Lil smokies makes any meal a 5-star rating! Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea. I am a big fan of bean soups.

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      This looks really good. I have not made 15 bean soup before. But will bookmark this.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Thank you, travmaj, for stopping in and commenting. You're most welcome. Let me know how the soup comes out for you and what you think of the WonderBag.

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      I love beans and this soup looks delicious - I also thank you for sharing this recipe and information. I didn't know about the Wonderbag either - amazing.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Hi, AliciaC. Thanks for stopping in and commenting. Great to see you. You're most welcome. The wonderbag is a very useful gadget around my place. With winter on, I expect to be using it even more.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Good to to see you, esmonaco. It was quite delicious. I think peas would set this off nicely. Thank you for stopping in and commenting.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This sounds like a nutritious and very tasty recipe. I've never heard of the Wonderbag before. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the information.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Now that's I call soup! this looks decicious. Thanks :)