Special Dish for the Week: Mixed Bean Soup

Warm, hearty and tasty soups are still one of my favourites, and I make this one for this Special Dish for the Week:

Mixed Bean Soup

Mixed Bean Soup

Mixed Bean Soup

Super easy and relatively quick (once there is some fresh bone broth on the stove or in the fridge), I “Maggify” the recipe suggested at the back of the whole grains and mixed bean package* I pick up at a local whole food market.

I am treated to a nice surprise that one such package can make at least 2 sizable soups, so I get to do this particular soup twice (slightly varying the ingredients, of course, each time).

* Whole grains and beans in the package include:

  • small red beans
  • pinto beans
  • lentils
  • whole oat groats
  • brown rice
  • triticale berries (wheat)
  • rye berries
  • hard red wheat
  • pearl barley
  • kamut
  • buckwheat
  • sesame seeds

When I make this soup another time, I may use a combination of beans, lentils, barley and rice that already reside individually in my cupboard and see how it compares—although this ready made mix is really quite delicious.

Mixed Bean Soup Ingredients

Mixed Bean Soup Ingredients

I prepare and add to the pot the following ingredients, in order:

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, for sautéeing
  • 1-2 onions, chopped and sautéed
  • 3-6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • red Thai chili pepper, sliced
  • 1 tbsp Garam Masala or alternatively, 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1-3 carrots, chopped (optional)
  • 4-8 shiitake mushrooms, chopped (optional)
  • 2-3 L bone broth
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • sea salt, to taste

I let the soup cook over low to medium heat for about 1 1/2 hours, and then I taste it, garnishing it with a spoonful of creamy coconut milk to take off the edge off the spices. I sprinkle some black sesame seeds for the effect of black on white contrast (entirely optional). The taste is sensational, as a soup guest concurs one evening.

Within 2 weeks, I already make the 2nd rendition of the soup. In this one, I include some of the optional ingredients, like cumin in place of garam masala, as well as chopped carrots and mushrooms. They’re both super flavourful.

Mixed Bean Soup 2nd Rendition Ingredients

Mixed Bean Soup 2nd Rendition Ingredients

Mixed Bean Soup 2nd Rendition

Mixed Bean Soup 2nd Rendition

Meal ideas & recipes from Bob’s Red Mill whole grains and beans soup mix package.

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