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Vegetarian Bean Soup

This soup mirrors the beautiful colors of the autumn season.  It is a hearty, filling soup that warms the tummy and the soul.Vegetarian Bean Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup dried organic black beans
  • 1/4 cup dried organic kidney beans
  • 1/4 cup dried organic great northern beans
  • 1/4 cup dried organic pinto beans
  • 1/4 cup dried organic navy beans
  • 1/4 cup organic lentils
  • 1/4 cup organic split peas
  • 1/4 cup organic barley
  • 2 organic yellow onions, chopped
  • 6 stalks organic celery hearts, chopped
  • 4 large organic carrots, scrubbed and chopped
  • 10 cups organic no salt vegetable stock
  • 28 oz can organic no salt crushed tomatoes
  • 1 organic bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp organic crushed thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tsp organic ground black pepper
  • 1 organic red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 4 cloves roasted organic garlic

Instructions:

Soak beans, lentils, peas, and barley in large saucepan and cover with water.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Remove from heat, cover and let ingredients sit for one hour.  Drain, rinse and drain again.  Set to the side.  In a large pan, sauté onions, celery, and carrots.  Add sautéed vegetables, vegetable broth, tomatoes,  bay leaf, thyme and black pepper to the bean mixture and bring to a boil.  Cover and reduce to low heat.  Stir occasionally and cook for approximately 2 hours until beans and vegetables are tender.  Remove bay leaf.  Add chopped bell pepper and roasted garlic.  Simmer for an additional 5 minutes.  Serve as a main dish or pair with a salad.

Enjoy!

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