Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2000 11:36:27 -0800
From: Andy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bean and Barley Soup
Trader Joe's Recipe
Note: It's a little self-serving as they call for using four of their
own products. I will just put a "T.J." after those ingredients. Adjust
and be creative.
1 1/2 cups of T.J. 17 Bean and Barley Soup Mix**
1 cup of chopped sweet bell peppers, choose from a mixture of green,
red, yellow or orange etc. I used fresh, they called for their frozen 3
pepper (green yellow and red) product called "T.J. Melange a Trois
1 Bay Leaf
1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1 tsp. Dried Basil
1 can Marinara Sauce or Canned Tomatoes (T.J.) Note: no size was
mentioned so I went with 28 oz.
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrot
1 garlic clove or 1 tsp. T.J. Crushed Garlic (Note: you can increase
this, or use roasted garlic)
Soak Bean & Barley combination overnight, or use the above degassing
In a heavy bottom pan cook until soft (in broth, water, wine or
combination): onion, celery, carrot and peppers. Add Basil and Garlic.
Add to all remaining ingredients. Add additional water, broth or other
liquids as needed for your desired consistency. (this dish could be a
bean soup, or a pot of beans depending on the amount liquids
added. Adjust as desired.
Simmer covered about 1 hour (Note: could be cooked longer, depending on
your desired texture, upwards of 90-120 minutes, check for bean doneness
by tasting or squeezing a large bean. Makes about 8 hearty serving.
As a variation, I added fresh mushrooms, cut into 1/3 (or 1/4) for added
texture and mouth feel. I also added some BBQ sauce (about 2 TBL.) but
could have used some Wright's Liquid Smoke seasoning for a outdoorsy
**And now as a bonus the contents T.J. "17 Beans and Barley Soup"
Baby Lima Beans, Black Turtle Beans, Blackeye Peas, Dark Red Kidney
Beans, Garbanzo Beans, Great Northern Beans, Green Lentils, Green Split
Peas, Large Lima Beans, Light Red Kidney Beans, Navy Beans, Pink Beans,
Pinto Beans, Red Lentils, Small Red Beans, Small White Beans, Yellow
Spilt Peas, Pearl Barley. 16 oz package for $.79! (Some day, I would
like to separate and weigh each legume, but at $.79 pound, I doubt if I
could duplicate this incredible value.)