Gourmet Bean Soup

Gourmet Bean Soup

A delicious thick, flavorful soup made with dried beans, peas, and lentils. Easy but so amazingly delicious, the whole family loves this recipe!


8 servings


1 pound (about 2 1/2 cups) dry bean/peas/lentils blend*
8 ounces turkey Italian sausage (cut into slices) or turkey sausage patties (diced)
1 large onion, chopped
2 tablespoons oil
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (12-15 ounces) diced tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 cups of chicken stock (or water + bouillon)
Salt, to taste (start with 1 teaspoon)

Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)


1. In a large stock pot, combine all ingredients except the (optional) Parmesan cheese.

2. Bring to a boil over medium heat and then simmer gently over low heat, covered, until beans are all tender (about 2 1/2 hours, but could take longer).

3. When beans are tender, remove the bay leaves. Season with additional salt to taste. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese if desired. Serve hot!

Gourmet bean blend (see additional notes for instructions on how to make this blend!)
Gourmet bean blend -- scroll down for instructions on making your own bean soup blend like this!

Gourmet Bean Soup

Gourmet Bean Soup

Additional Notes: 

*We used Epicurean Specialty's Gourmet Bean Blend, which we purchased at Costco. If you would like to make your own dry bean blend like this soup uses, you should use equal portions of: pinto beans, black beans, small red kidney beans, great northern beans, lentils, green split peas, and yellow split peas.

This recipe is from Epicurean Specialty's Gourmet Bean Blend. I changed the recipe only slightly, took my own photos, and wrote my own instructions. :)

Gourmet bean blend

Gourmet Bean Soup

Preparation Time: 

10 minutes

Cooking Time: 

~3 hours

Tammy's Review: 

This soup is really as easy as 1, 2, and 3. You may end up standing at the stove wondering if you really did everything you were supposed to do for this recipe! Start it early, and then get busy doing other fun stuff (or make some dinner rolls and a salad while the soup cooks).

We all really, REALLY like this soup. I was pleasantly surprised that it went over so well, and even Joshua -- who tolerates beans but doesn't love or crave them like I do! - said it was very good. (That's a high compliment for beans from him!) :) I love the combination of flavors and the easy, filling nature of this soup.

Paired with a fresh salad and some hot dinner rolls, this was a meal we all savored!


Have been following a get-healthy plan which asks that we eat 1/2 cup of legumes daily. No problem at all with this super-tasty recipe. My problem becomes...how to STOP at just 1/2 cup, instead!!! I followed your recipe exactly and we truly enjoyed it even better the second and third warm-ups. Yummy and very healthy. Now to make those rolls....lol.


I made this today and loved it! I used ground turkey instead of sausage and threw in some diced carrot because I was a little short on diced pepper.

The preparation time was much longer for me because I doubled the recipe and I guess I am a slow chopper. That and the kids (6, 3) helped me sort the dry beans. :)

I will be making this again many times!!!


This was really really good! I wasn't able to find the specified bean blend at Costco but Walmart had a two pound bag of mixed soup beans that had all of these plus limas and garbanzos. I did use ground turkey as Sarah suggested since it was on sale this week. I stirred italian sausage seasoning mix into the turkey but after it cooked in the soup it just tasted like ground turkey again so I won't bother with that step next time. I also cooked this in the crockpot for about 6 hours on high instead of on the stovetop. With the lid on, mine didn't thicken up as much as Tammy's photo shows but the broth was super tasty! I also didn't add the tomatoes until the beans had softened because I've read that their acid can cause beans to take longer to soften--don't know if that's true or not but figured I'd rather be safe than sorry ;) Anyhow--a big two thumbs up from my family!


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