Confession time: I have become obsessed with soup kits since December.
Ever since making those Coconut Curry Lentil & Wild Rice soup kits for homemade gifts around the holidays I have been completely in love. I gave some away as Christmas gifts, a few as hostess gifts, and stocked my pantry with a couple of my own.
It’s such an easy meal that also happens to be super filling and healthy!
I loved them so much that, naturally, I had to make a remix. 😉
Stop. Soup time.
Spicy Three Bean Soup time, to be exact.
Up until the latter part of last year, I honestly didn’t really include beans that often in my diet. In my head, it was a meal that always sounded like it would take too long to cook. (I was ill-informed.) And then there was the whole soak, no soak question (final answer: soaking is not needed), and I was lazy. It seemed easy to write beans off!
But then I got a craving, realized how easy they actually are, and the rest is history!
As much as I love to cook, most days I really am just a lazy couch potato. I don’t want to think, I don’t want to work, but I always want to eat. And that’s what makes these soup kits so perfect!
Liquid + seasonings + beans = an easy, cozy pot of inexpensive comfort food.
Layer the beans. Add the spice mixture. Look how pretty! And when it’s time for ze eating, dump the mix into a pot, add a bunch of water, put it over heat, and walk away.
Come back in an hour to delicious food.
Now, as always, there are so many tasty ways to customize this soup.
You can use less water or cook it for a bit longer to make a pot of beans instead of bean soup.
You can sauté a bell pepper, chopped onion, and some garlic in the pan before cooking, or add a can of tomatoes when you pour the beans and seasoning mix into the pot. Try adding cooked sausage, ground beef, ham, or rotisserie chicken right before serving, or top the soup with a dollop of sour cream, pickled jalapeños, or chopped cilantro.
Make it fancy or keep it simple; either way this soup is so good!
I love the spice level in this mix. It’s hot enough to have a little kick and make you warm all over, but not spicy enough that you need to keep a full glass of water at all times.
All kinds of cozy, all kinds of delicious, and most importantly, easy enough for this lazy girl right here.
Get home. Dump soup kit. Binge The Good Place. And then…
- 2/3 cup each of three kinds of beans (I used black beans, kidney beans, and navy beans)
- 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
- 1 tablespoon bouillon powder (I used this vegan chicken bouillon)
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon celery seed
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1 bay leaf
- Add all of the ingredients for the spice mix into a small bowl. Stir until evenly combined.
- Layer 1/3 cup of each of the three beans in a clean, dry, pint-sized mason jar.
- Add the spice mixture on top of the beans.
- Layer the remaining 1/3 cup of each of the beans on top of the spice mixture.
- Add the contents of the jar and 18-20 cups of water to a large pot. (To make it simpler, fill the soup kit jar 9-10 times with water and add the water to the pot.)
- Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer until the beans are soft, about 1 1/2 - 2 hours, stirring occasionally.