This easy bean soup recipe takes whatever you have in your pantry and turns it into something awesome!  You can make this soup with either dried beans or canned, but using canned beans is what makes it quick - no soaking time!  If you're concerned about sodium though, go with dried beans.  Even rinsing canned beans really well leaves you with an unknown amount of sodium!

This is a real loosey-goosey recipe, especially for me.  But the idea here is really that you can use whatever you've got on hand.  

Step 1: Check the cupboard

I had a can of mixed beans, and a can of Northern beans.  
I also had an onion and a shallot!  (I later replanted the bottom of the shallot to grow a new one!)
You'll want some kind of oil to saute your onions
If you have vegetable stock or some such thing, awesome for you!  You can just use water.
I was lucky enough to find a bouillon cube tucked away in the cupboard!

If you've got more stuff you want to add in - that celery wilting in the bottom drawer, some of those baby carrots in the back of the fridge - whatever you find, put it in there!
I'm such a lazy cook and this is such an easy recipe, I LOVE IT! This is a perfect &quot;guys&quot; recipe. Plus it's so basic you have a ton of room to experiment with other flavors and really make it your own. <br><br>Thanks<br><br> Mike
Ok, now I'm hungry. I wonder if I'd wake the rest of the house &quot;puttering &quot; around in the kitchen? ( It's 2 am.lol)
mmmmm........ 2 of my favorites, beacon and onions! :)
It's a known fact that bacon makes everything better....looks yummy!

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