You can also use small amounts of various leftover dried beans you may have in your cupboard. Mix them together to make 2 1/4 cups of beans, and use them instead of purchasing a package of bean soup mix.
You can use either chicken or vegetable broth to prepare this great-tasting soup. If you are vegetarian, go ahead and use the vegetable broth. But if you're simply looking
for a meatless soup, we prefer the richer flavor of chicken broth.