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I have a 20 ounce package of soup beans that has a little pack of ham seasoning. :hurl: I'm not the best at cooking from scratch. What do I flavor them with? I was thinking of cooking them in veggie broth instead of water for starters. Help!
 

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I like to season them a number of ways.<br><br>
Here's one:<br><br>
Soak them overnight and drain.<br><br>
Cook them in veggie broth (the salt may make them take a little longer to cook).<br><br>
Add in 1 large chopped onion or 4 teaspoons dried minced onion, 1/2 teaspoon each ground black and red pepper, 3 cloves garlic or 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon celery seed.<br><br>
When beans are close to being done, add in any veggies you like and simmer until tender. I like chopped celery, carrot, tomato at the very least. If it's not gonna be sitting around a lot, cabbage is good too.
 

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Thanks! Sounds easy and I already have all of those spices and veggies. I love easy and cheap. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> I haven't had cabbage in soup in forever and never would have thought to add that, even though I love cooked cabbage.
 

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Beans have a lot of flavor on their own. Sometimes I fry some onion in the pot, then add the beans with water, add salt and pepper after they get soft, and cook them more until they start to break down (you might need to add water from time to time). Simple and satisfying.
 

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I love easy and cheap too! I would add in a tiny bit of coconut oil, some nutritional yeast and Red Hot to each bowl, and perhaps a squeeze of lemon before serving myself. This is pretty much how I like to finish off each thing I make that is savory, actually. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Yeah, besides adding in some protein and vitamins, the nutritional yeast makes it savory and rich, thickens it a bit too.
 

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bay leaves are great for flavour. throw a few into the broth as it simmers, just make sure you pick them out when you're done, as they are inedible and can cut your insides if you swallow them.
 

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I always add a few bay leaves-I read somewhere it reduces gas, and I never get gas from beans. I like to add veggies chopped both thinly and thick and add more like halfway through cooking so they make their our veg broth. I don't rinse the beans first, just let everything cook. Carrots, celery, onion, peppers, and garlic.<br>
Salt and tomatoes only when beans are fully cooked.<br><br>
I love Bobs Red Mill bean soup mix! No seasoning incl. but a good variety of beans and lentils at a good price.
 
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