17 Bean & Barley Soup

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Trader Joe’s used to carry a product called ’17 Bean & Barley Mix’. Why it was discontinued, I could not say. It was a great product that should not be forgotten. When else are you going to combine 17 different kinds of bean and barley into one meal? Fortunately for me, a customer returned their “expired” bag and I got to take it home. I recently cooked up a batch of soup from a recipe on the back of the bag. It was too good not to share! Here, I’ll list what was in the bag and what TJ’s recommended you do with it.

In the mix:

  1. Baby lima beans
  2. Black Turtle Beans
  3. Blackeye Peas
  4. Dark Red Kidney Beans
  5. Garbanzo Beans
  6. Great Northern Beans
  7. Green Lentils
  8. Green Split Peas
  9. Large Lima Beans
  10. Light Red Kidney Beans
  11. Navy Beans
  12. Pink Beans
  13. Pinto Beans
  14. Red Lentils
  15. Small Red Beans
  16. Small White Beans
  17. Yellow Split Peas
  18. Pearl Barley

Gasp! 18 kinds. Though they probably considered ‘Baby’ and ‘Large’ Lima Beans to be one type of bean. Anyway, straight from the back of the bag, here’s one ingredient list you can use to help you throw some beans and veggies together:

  • 2 cups bean and barley mix
  • 2 32 oz vegetable broth
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup carrot, chopped
  • 1 cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 can of tomatoes
  • salt & pepper, to taste

First, you’ll need to soak your beans overnight in a large pot of water, then rinse and drain before you use them. To start making your soup, pour 4 cups of the vegetable broth into the pot with the beans.

In a separate pot, cook your veggies (including the garlic) in olive oil until soft. Combine this mixture and the remaining ingredients into the bean pot and cover with more broth. Then, let the soup simmer for about 1 hour. Add salt and pepper until you’ve reached your desired saltiness and pepperiness. Is pepperiness is a word? It should be.

And there you have it. Healthy, yummy, warm soup for the chilly season.

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