Meatless Monday: 17 Bean and Barley Soup

In the beginning of January, we got a little snow storm. By most standards, it was barely more than a dusting, but for this area of the country, it was a blizzard. The city was shut down for nearly a week which was perfect for me since I was battling both bronchitis and a sinus infection. While most people were getting cabin fever, I was enjoying the forced time off, and the only thing productive I did the entire week was cook. And cook. And cook. It was fantastic, and so was this soup. Even though the temperatures are now in the 70’s here, I am still dreaming of this hearty, flavorful soup.

17 Bean and Barley Soup

1 cup dry 17 Bean & Barley Mix (Trader Joe’s or similar)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup carrots, chopped
1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
4 cups vegetable broth, unsalted
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
15 ounces diced tomatoes, no salt added

In a large saucepan, cover dried beans with triple their volume of cold water. Bring water to a boil, then lower heat and cook uncovered beans over moderate heat for 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat and soak beans for 1 hour. Alternatively, you may soak the beans overnight in a large pot of water. Once beans are prepped, rinse and drain.

While beans are draining in a colander in the sink, add olive oil to the pot and heat over medium. Cook onion, celery, carrot, bell pepper, and garlic until tender. Add beans, broth, seasonings, and tomatoes to the pot. Simmer covered for about 1 hour to desired tenderness. Salt and pepper to taste.

4 servings, approximately 2 cups each
Adapted from the bag of Trader Joe’s 17 Bean & Barley Mix


February 21, 2011. recipes.


  1. Rebecca Jean replied:

    Man, I love soup. No matter the weather. I could live on it year-round. This one is making me want to whip up a batch for dinner tonight. It’s cold here. Way below your 70 degrees! I think it’s in the teens. Whatever it’s cold. Soup would be wonderful.

    Thanks for sharing this with Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays.

    ♥ Rebecca Jean
    Midnight Maniac

  2. Kayte replied:

    I just printed this one off and wrote “Wednesday” on the top as it sounds like perfect Ash Wednesday food to me for this week…thanks, looks delicious (not sure how much of a sacrifice it will be eating this…lol)…am catching up on blog reading, so I read all of yours, but didn’t comment on all of them…just know I was here and stealing recipes, okay???

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