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15 Bean Soup in a white bowl

15 Bean Soup

Grandma's Easy Old Fashioned Recipe for 15 Bean Soup is perfect for cool winter nights. Warm, Thick and Hearty with a punch of smoky flavor in every bite!
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword 15 Bean Soup, Comforting Soup, Grandmas Recipe, Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 366kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 1 (20 Ounce) Bag Dried 15 Bean Soup
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 2 12 (Ounce) Packs Kielbasa Halved Lengthwise then Sliced Into 1/2 Inch Pieces
  • 1 Large Onion, Chopped
  • 3 Large Carrots, Diced
  • 6 Stalks Celery, Diced
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 2 Teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Liquid Smoke
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • 1 Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1 (14.5 Ounce) Can Petite Diced Tomatoes, Undrained


  • Add dried beans to a large bowl and cover with 8 cups of water. Allow beans to sit overnight, or at least 8 hours.
  • Drain and rinse soaked beans.
  • In an 8-quart pot, heat 2 tablespoons vegetable over medium-high heat, until the oil begins to shimmer. Add the half Kielbasa and brown then remove to a plate. Continue with remaining Kielbasa.
  • Add the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic to the pot and continue to cook, over medium heat, until the onions are translucent. 
  • Sprinkle chili powder, smoked paprika, Italian seasoning, black pepper, over the cooked vegetables and continue to saute until the spices become fragrant about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the add the drained beans and browned sausage back to the pot. Add water to the bean/sausage mixture with enough to cover the top of the mixture by 2 inches. Add liquid smoke.
  • Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered 2-2 1/2 hours or until the beans are tender.
  • Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, the tomatoes with their juices and 2 teaspoons of salt and continue to simmer another 15-20 minutes. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. Serve.


Serving: 1/12 of the recipe | Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 674mg | Potassium: 771mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 2.3g | Vitamin A: 3300IU | Vitamin C: 6.6mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.4mg