Continuing on in the spirit of Cleaning out the Cabinets, here is another recipe to use several of my pantry ingredients. This is a delicious soup for a cold winter day (or ice storm as the case may be!).

Here’s what I did:

Soak 1/3c each of adzuki beans, red kidney beans, and black eyed peas (or beans of your choice) overnight

Pressure cook 2 whistles. After cooling, Keep half the beans in the freezer for the next soup!

Cook 1/3 c barley in 1 1/3c water by bringing it to a boil, cover, and reduce to a simmer for 20 min. In the meantime,

Heat oil, add mustard seeds, 4 shallots (all veggies mentioned should be chopped). Once they turn translucent add 3 cloves of garlic, 2 carrots, 2 red potatoes, 2 dried red chilies and 1 TBS Italian herb blend. Stir it around and saute for a few minutes. Then add 3 big leaves of swiss chard, 2 tomatoes, 2 c vegetable broth, cooked barley and any extra liquid, 1c cooked beans, 1c water, chili paste or hot sauce, 1 bay leaf, salt and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until potatoes are done. Then add in 2c baby spinach, 2 spring onions and a handful of cilantro. To serve top it off with freshly ground black pepper, coarse sea salt, grated parmesan and/or nutritional yeast flakes.

Whew, that’s a lot of healthy goodness!

I was so lucky to receive a lovely gift basket in an exchange party before the holidays. I should’ve posted a pic before! It had some nice french milled soap, a soy based candle, hand cream, a small jar of “holiday” jam, lake champlain dark chocolate bar (used in the tiramisu), and the salt that you see in the picture above. The salt blend has dried lemon peels and fennel seeds and really adds a nice touch to the soup. I just discovered how nice fennel is in soup when I made the potato kale soup last year. If you don’t have this salt, you may want to add fennel seed to your soup. It adds a whole new dimension.

I’m sending this(a tad bit late) to Hearth and Soul event, which already has over 80 entries, wow!
Hearth n' Soul Blog Hop at A Moderate Life

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Comments on: "Vegetable Bean Barley Soup" (11)

  1. That is one superb recipe, loving the combo of ingredients you used!

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  2. I love soup,this filling and healthy soup perfect for the weather.

  3. Wat a healthy,filling and hearty soup..

  4. Hi Honey beee!!! Seriously, you need to pack this up and send it to me right now! It is SO cold and snowy here and a nice hearty bean soup would be delicious! I am making some chicken/turkey stock today in my crock pot, but when that is done I will soak some beans and barley for certain! Thanks so much for sharing this on the hearth and soul hop this week! All the best! Alex

  5. Oh my goodness, this is fantastic! I’ve been searching far and wide for adzuki beans lately, to no avail! Looks like I’m going to have to give in and do a mail order. And I may just have to put some towards making this. Amazing. Thanks so much for sharing it w/ the hearth and soul hop this week 😀

  6. I really like your COTC challenge. I think I need to do a similar cleaning to use up all the grains and flours lying around my pantry. Thanks for dropping by my blog and helping me discovering yours 🙂

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