Beans for Soup

Since beans and legumes are so full of fiber and a great way to reduce cholesterol, you should eat lots of them. Unfortunately, canned beans are very high in sodium. Make up a batch of these beans and freeze them, then use instead of canned beans.

Serves: 10Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 20 hours 10 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 10

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. dried beans
  • Water

Directions

  • Sort beans, then rinse well and drain. Combine in a large pot with water to cover by 1". Bring to a boil over high heat, then cover pan, remove from heat, and let stand for 2 hours.
  • Place pot in refrigerator and let beans soak overnight. In the morning, drain beans and rinse; drain again. Place in 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with water to just cover. Cover and cook on low for 10 hours until beans are tender. Do not add salt or any other ingredient.
  • Package beans in 1-cup portions into freezer bags, including a bit of the cooking liquid in each bag. Seal, label, and freeze for up to 3 months. To use, defrost in refrigerator overnight, or open bag and microwave on defrost until beans begin thawing, then stir into soup to heat.

Recipe Information

Serves: 10

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. dried beans
  • Water

Directions

  • Sort beans, then rinse well and drain. Combine in a large pot with water to cover by 1". Bring to a boil over high heat, then cover pan, remove from heat, and let stand for 2 hours.
  • Place pot in refrigerator and let beans soak overnight. In the morning, drain beans and rinse; drain again. Place in 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with water to just cover. Cover and cook on low for 10 hours until beans are tender. Do not add salt or any other ingredient.
  • Package beans in 1-cup portions into freezer bags, including a bit of the cooking liquid in each bag. Seal, label, and freeze for up to 3 months. To use, defrost in refrigerator overnight, or open bag and microwave on defrost until beans begin thawing, then stir into soup to heat.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories120
Total Fat0g
Saturated Fat0g
Cholesterol0mg
Sodium10mg
Total Carbohydrate26g
Dietary Fiber7g
Sugars1g
Protein9g