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The Best Sixteen-Bean Soup
Sixteen-Bean Soup
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Soak Beans Overnight
12 hrs
Total Time
18 hrs 15 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 people
Author: Linda Loosli
  • 20 ounces 16 bean soup bag (save the "ham seasoning bag included)
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried sweet basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 7-8 cups of water
  1. Open the bag of 16-bean soup and look for small rocks or debris. Rinse the beans in a colander and drain. Place the "washed" beans in a soup pot and cover them with cold water. Let them soak overnight. The next morning drain the water from the beans. Place the soaked beans in your slow cooker. Add the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Add 7-8 cups of water. Sprinkle the seasonings on top of the water. Set your slow cooker to 6 hours on HIGH. One hour before serving add the ham seasoning package included in the 16-bean soup package.