Hearty 13 Bean Soup

I will be the first person to admit that this soup isn’t all that impressive visually.  In fact, I considered not sharing it.  It’s an adaptation of the soup recipe on the back of a Bob’s Red Mill mix, and I originally intended just to use up what was in my pantry.  Then I tried a spoonful.

Then another.

This soup is delightful.  It’s vegan, hearty, and low-calorie.  I added soy crumbles in lieu of a ham hock (obviously), and they held up well throughout the cooking.  Simmering the dish with rosemary infuses it with a savory aroma that truly makes the dish.

I highly recommend adding additional hot sauce at the end, and, if you aren’t keeping vegan, some cheese.

So, even though this recipe isn’t a Great Beauty, I beg you to try a spoonful or two.


Hearty 13 Bean Soup

Adapted from Bob’s Red Mill


  • 2 cups dry bean mix (I used Bob’s Red Mill 13 Bean Soup Mix)
  • 1 12-oz package soy crumbles, like Morningstar’s Grillers
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 28 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1-3 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • Black pepper
  • South African Smoke Seasoning

As always, I highly recommend adding a bit of salt to individual bowls as needed.  We try to keep as low-sodium as possible over here, but salt does add some nice flavor.  I added a grid to my bowl!


  1. Soak beans in cold water over night.  In the morning, pick out any floaters and pour out the soaking water.
  2. In a large cooking pot, combine beans, 10 cups water, soy crumbles, rosemary, and bay leaves.  Bring to a rolling boil, then reduce to a simmer for an hour.
  3. After the hour is up, remove the rosemary.  Simmer for two more hours.
  4. After those two hours have finished and beans are soft, add remaining ingredients to pot.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for thirty minutes.
  5. Serve with cheese, bread, or any of your favorite soup toppings.


Serves: 8 | Serving Size: 2 cups | Calories: 223 | Carbs: 34 g | Fat: 2 g | Protein: 18 g | Fiber: 12 g | Sugar: 5 g


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