5 Bean Soup (Gluten Free)

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My very sweet neighbor Cindy brought this wonderful soup over after Bridger and I got home from Vanderbilt last week. (By the way, it was a success this time around! I posted about it here. We could not be happier to have our little boy’s heart fixed! Thank you again for all the prayers and encouraging messages/comments! We have the best readers/ friends in the world) We had just spent a long 3 days in the hospital and been through a nerve wracking 6 hour heart procedure. I was exhausted both physically and emotionally. I came home to several friends and neighbors offering to bring warm meals. What a blessing! There is something so comforting and wonderful about a warm meal that you didn’t have to make yourself. It is nourishing for the body and the soul, I tell you! I am very blessed with kind people in my life. Anyway Cindy told me that this soup is not only GLUTEN FREE (good news for my Celiac boys) but that it is also very tasty and that even her children LOVE it! She was right, my boys loved it too, even with all those beans:) She had included the recipe, which I know I will making again and again in the future! I love healthy recipes that come together quick and taste like you slaved at the stove for hours! Thank you Cindy! She told me this is family favorite. She got the recipe from her Aunt who cut it out of a Good Housekeeping magazine in the 70s! An oldie, but a goodie, for sure!

5 Bean Soup (Gluten Free)
  • 2 TB oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped fine
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed into onion
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can lima beans, well drained
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, well drained
  • 1 can white northern beans
  • 28oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 c chunky salsa
  • 1 tsp each basil and oregano
  • 1 c grated cheddar cheese
  1. Sauté onion in oil until tender.
  2. Add other ingredients and simmer 30+ minutes.
  3. Add water for desired consistency (beans will thicken)
  4. Just before serving stir in cheese until melted.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips or Fritos on top and more grated cheese, if desired. Freezes well.



  1. Mary Lynn says

    So happy to hear the wonderful news that the surgery was a success. Thanks for sharing your story. You have such a wonderful neighbor who cooks dinner for you and gives you the recipe, too.

  2. pauline says

    Reiterating Tammy’s question: Are the canned beans rinsed or is the liquid added into the soup?

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