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    Italian-Style Fifteen Bean Soup (Gluten-Free)

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      This gluten-free Italian-style bean soup is rich, hearty and delicious. It's also a great way to eat kale.

    Caption: Italian-Style Fifteen Bean Soup. Image: CC--Rusty Clark ~ 100K Photos

    Celiac.com 03/16/2019 - It's spring, and that means it's time for leafy greens! Kale is on the menu in this rich, hearty and delicious Italian-style bean soup that's a perfect way to get more fiber into your diet. I use Hurst HamBeens 15 bean soup mix, but you can conceivably make this without it.  Regarding the spice packet, a note in the FAQ section of the Hurst website says: "All of our seasonings are completely gluten-free. All of our dry beans are naturally gluten free as well. We do occasionally package barley in our facility."


    • 2 cups (1/2 bag) Hurst HamBeens 15 Bean Soup (spice packet is gluten-free)
    • 2 cups chicken stock
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 can stewed tomatoes, with juice (14.5 ounce)
    • 1 tablespoon bacon grease or olive oil
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 2-3 cups fresh kale, loosely chopped
    • Ham hock 
    • 2 cups gluten-free macaroni, prepared al dente

    Soak beans overnight in water.

    Prepare macaroni al dente, according to instructions. Drain, add a bit of olive oil to the pasta and stir to prevent sticking, and set aside.

    In a large stock pot, sauté onions in bacon grease until clear. 

    Add garlic and sauté until fragrant.

    Add spice packet and other spices and stir.

    Add chicken stock and water.

    Add beans and bay leaf.

    Bring pot to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer a few hours, until beans are tender.

    Be sure to taste all the bean sizes to be sure they are uniformly cooked through and tender.

    Add kale in the last 15-20 minutes of cooking.

    When beans are all tender, serve over gluten-free macaroni, or over rice.

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    This recipe sounds amazing.  I bet my body would appreciate all the nutrition and fiber too!

    Sierra soups has had a French style 5 bean I love, but, 15 beans!  One happy bear here when I try this recipe!

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    Natually gluten free?  All raw agricultural products, by law, can contain some foreign materials.  That includes stones, twigs and even grains like wheat, barley or rye.  All dry beans should be sorted and cleaned prior to cooking.  

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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in biology, anatomy, medicine, science, and advanced research, and scientific methods. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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