Canned beans get to be the star player with bean soup. It makes a hearty, economical dinner for cold winter nights. And beans come in so many different colors and sizes you can make lots of variations of bean soup theme. Try some of these recipes to get you started:
You can also add flavor and texture to your own homemade soup by tossing in a can of seasoned beans. Try chili-seasoned kidney beans in chicken soup or black beans in vegetable soup. Don't worry about rinsing the beans for these uses because most of the flavor is in the liquid. Some seasoned beans are in a fairly thick liquid, so they'll thicken your soup, too.