Yakityak's Same-day Crockpot Mixed Bean Soup

Ever realize that you have time in the morning to put together a meal, but not at night? Have an excess of dried beans in your pantry? Wish you had remembered to soak those beans overnight for an easy meal? This is the recipe for you. Also, this recipe can be easily done pareve if you substitute vegetable broth boxes and omit the sausage or hot dogs.

These are ingredients I nearly always have in the house. Use the recipe as a guideline for proportions for a 6 quart crockpot so substitute when necessary (or scale down if you have a smaller crockpot). Use parsnips for carrots. Use 2 onions instead of onion and garlic. If you don't have great white beans use more pinto beans, etc. Note that the hot dogs or sausages can be added at any time in the process. What matters is getting the beans, potatoes and carrots started as early in the day as possible.

Pick through and rinse the 4 types of beans and drain and place in a large glass bowl.

Pour one box of kosher organic low sodium free range chicken broth into the glass bowl and microwave on high for 12 minutes, covered. Scoop beans into crockpot with a slotted spoon, reserving the liquid in the bowl.

Place diced carrots and potatoes into the glass bowl with the warm liquid. Microwave for 5 minutes on high. Pour entire contents of bowl into crockpot.

Add all other ingredients (with the exception of the salt) to the crockpot, including the remaining box of chicken soup. Bring liquid level up to within an inch of the rim with water.

Cook on low setting for a minimum of 8 hours. Longer is fine.

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