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
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
- whole oat groats
- brown rice
- triticale berries (wheat)
- rye berries
- hard red wheat
- pearl barley
- 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.
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
- 1 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.
Meal ideas & recipes from Bob’s Red Mill whole grains and beans soup mix package.