May 2, 2012

17 Bean Soup

We love this soup because of the huge variety - with so many beans and veggies, every bite is unique! This is a modified recipe from the back of the "17 Bean & Barley Mix" from Trader Joe's. If you don't have a Trader Joe's nearby, don't let that deter you! This recipe is easily customized with any dried bean blend.

Vegan, gluten-free (with a non-barley bean mix)

1 lb. bag 17 Bean & Barley Mix (Trader Joe's)
4 cups low sodium vegetable broth (+ 4 cups water)
28 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 bell pepper (any color)
3-4 carrots
1 onion
4-5 garlic cloves
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. Italian seasoning

Quick soak dried beans: cover beans with triple their volume of water in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium, and cook uncovered for 2 minutes. Remove stockpot from heat and let beans soak for 1 hour.
Meanwhile, dice bell pepper and onion, chop carrots, and mince garlic.
After 1 hour, rinse and drain beans in a colander.
Saute onion, pepper, carrots, and garlic with Italian seasoning and salt in a large stockpot for about 7-8 minutes.
Pour broth, 4 cups water, beans, diced tomatoes (with juice), basil, and oregano in stockpot. Heat over med-high and bring to a light boil.
Reduce heat to med-low and simmer covered for about 1 hour or until desired tenderness.
Salt/pepper to taste.

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  1. One of my favorite beans soup...the 17 beans. So colorful, packed with flavor, and oh, so delicious. Love how yours turned out!
    Beautiful photos, and presentation, as well!!!

  2. Love your beans picture! I love bean soup so I'll have to pick up this mix next time I'm at TJ's :D

    1. Thanks Adrienne! Credit for the picture goes all to the beans - they were just BEGGING to be photographed in all their colorful glory ;) Definitely grab the mix - you won't regret it!!

  3. How yummy! So healthy and tasty. I love soups like this.

  4. I have a question about the recipe Kaitlin. You don't list 4 cups of water as part of the recipe ingredients, but you have it in the directions to add it "Pour broth, 4 cups water, beans, diced tomatoes (with juice), basil, and oregano in stockpot. Heat over med-high and bring to a light boil." Is 4 cups of water a part of the recipe or a miss print actually meaning the 4 cups of broth? I don't want to over saturate the soup, thanks!

    1. Hi Angela! Ah, sorry for the confusion! It's 4 cups broth + 4 cups water, totaling 8 cups liquid :) I just updated it in the ingredients, thanks for catching that! I hope you enjoy!!

    2. Thank you Kaitlin! I love your website and have been trying one to two new recipes each week for about 6 months now. I haven't found one I don't like yet. Thank you for all these great recipes and your quick response so I could have bean soup on such a cold day :)

    3. Of course! I'm convinced there's nothing much better than soup on a chilly day ;) And WOW, that's so cool to hear. Thrilled you're enjoying so many of the recipes!! Very sweet of you to let me know :) Wishing you a lovely week!