Wild Mushroom, Bean and Barley Soup Mix

bean and barley soup
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn
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  • Yield: 48 cups
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins

This mix makes 6 (1-pint) jars or 12 (1-cup) jars. Layered as described here, the mix is so pretty your friends may put off making it.

Ingredients

1tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2cups dried red lentils
6whole bay leaves
3cups pearled barley
1 1/2cups dried porcini and shiitake mushrooms, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/2cups dried yellow split peas
3/4cup mixed dried vegetables for soup (such as Just Corn, Just Peas and Just Tomatoes)
2tablespoons dried dill weed

Instructions

  1. Place ½ teaspoon black pepper in the bottom of 6 (1-pint) jars. (If making in 8-ounce jars, half all ingredients.) Pour ¼ cup red lentils into each jar.
  2. Place one bay leaf in each jar, vertically against the inside of the glass, anchoring the tip in the lentils. Pour ½ cup barley into each jar, holding bay leaf against jar until the barley keeps it in place.
  3. Place ¼ cup mushrooms in each jar. Press down to eliminate air pockets.
  4. Pour ¼ cup split yellow peas in each jar, followed by a heaping 2 tablespoons of vegetables in each jar.
  5. Top each jar with 1 teaspoon dill weed, and place lids tightly on jars. Makes 6 (1-pint) jars, each jar serves 8.

To make the soup:

  1. Combine 1 pint soup mix, 4 cups water and 2 cups vegetable broth in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Stir well, cover, reduce heat and simmer 45 minutes. Stir in 2 more cups vegetable broth and 1 teaspoon salt.
  2. Bring back to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 40 to 50 minutes, until barley and peas are tender.

Recipe by Crescent Dragonwagon.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 110
  • Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 25mg
  • Potassium 520mg
  • Carbohydrate 22g
  • Fiber 4g
  • Protein 5g
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