Bountiful bean soup mix

Yield: 11 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 pounds Red kidney beans
1 pounds Black beans
1 pounds Cowpeas
1 pounds Chickpeas
1 pounds Baby lima beans
1 pounds Red lentils
1 pounds Brown lentils
1 pounds Yellow split peas
1 pounds Green split peas
1 pounds Pinto beans
4 cups Water
2 cups Bean soup mix
¼ pounds Bacon; chopped
¼ pounds Kielbasa; sliced
2 tablespoons Butter or margarine
1 \N Carrot; chopped
1 medium Onion; chopped
1 \N Clove garlic; chopped
6 cups Water
1 \N Bay leaf
1 \N Salt and pepper; to taste

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Place about 2 cups into each of 11 pint jars or bottles. Seal and label.

Label: In 4-quart saucepan, heat water and bean soup mix to boiling over high heat. Boil 2 minutes. Cover pan; remove from heat; let beans soak 1 hour. Drain beans through large strainer. Wash waucepan and fry bacon over medium heat until crisp. Discard all but about 2 tbs. fat. (Or omit bacon and fry ¼ lb. sliced kielbasa in 2 tbs. butter or margarine.) Add 1 clove garlic, finely chopped, to bacon. Cook over medium-low heat until vegetables are soft. Add 6 cups water, 1 bay leaf, and drained bean mix to bacon mixture. Cover pan and heat to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer 1½ hours. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove bay leaf before serving. Makes about 8 cups.

Posted to recipelu-digest by Nesb2 <Nesb2@...> on Mar 9, 1998

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