This is real. I'm not much of a cook, but I can do this right:
A packet of that 4 bean mix then add:
1 can diced tomatoes
1 small can spinach or 1/2 packet frozen
1 smoked ham hock- now it's not kosher OR vegan, but by damn is it tasty
Frank's Xtra hot to taste
Plus some tabasco
Pepper to taste (we like things hot around here, wink wink)
Seasoning packet that came with the mix
Dump all that in a soup pot and get it simmering.
Then throw a piece of bacon or some bacon grease in a fry pan and add:
1 stick of celery
1 medium onion
Garlic to taste (lots if you have a cold)
3 carrots (more or less to taste)
PS: This is a fridge dump soup- check for leftovers that you can throw in. We threw in some fresh carrot greens.