15 Bean Soup

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15 Bean Soup is a traditional American dish that is popular for its rich flavor and nutritional benefits. It is a hearty soup that is made from a variety of beans, typically fifteen, hence the name.

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

The main ingredient in 15 Bean Soup is a mix of fifteen different types of beans. This usually includes kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans, lima beans, navy beans, and garbanzo beans, among others. Other ingredients often include ham, onion, garlic, carrots, celery, and various herbs and spices. Some variations of the recipe may also include tomatoes or chicken broth.

Preparation[edit | edit source]

The beans are usually soaked overnight to soften them and reduce cooking time. The next day, the beans are rinsed and then simmered with the ham, vegetables, and seasonings until everything is tender. The soup is often served with cornbread or rice on the side.

Nutritional Value[edit | edit source]

15 Bean Soup is high in protein, fiber, and vitamins due to the variety of beans used. It is also low in fat, making it a healthy choice for those watching their diet.

Variations[edit | edit source]

There are many variations of 15 Bean Soup, depending on the region and personal preference. Some people prefer to use a ham hock for added flavor, while others may use a different type of meat or leave it out entirely for a vegetarian version. The types of beans used can also vary, with some recipes calling for a specific mix of beans, while others simply use a pre-packaged mix.

Cultural Significance[edit | edit source]

15 Bean Soup is a staple in many American households, particularly in the South. It is often served during the winter months as a hearty meal to warm up with. The soup is also popular for its versatility, as it can be easily adapted to suit different tastes and dietary needs.


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