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Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup Mix

November/December 2010

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Making your own dry soup mix from beans and spices couldn’t be easier. Layered in a jar, it makes a very pretty gift.



READER'S COMMENT:
"It makes a delicious thick soup & a great gift! I made it in my crock-pot/slowcooker. Although the recipe calls for only 2 cups of water, I still used the 4 cups of broth. I'm making it today with ham broth instead of chicken broth...
Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup Mix

13 Reviews for Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup Mix

04/05/2015
Anonymous

I have not made this yet....BUT I make lots of soups in various forms.SOOO..ITHINK the instructions should say: FOR STOVE TOP use the 9 C water and 4 C.broth. The water will cook down ( UNcovered on STOVE) & beans will absorb some liquid. FOR CROCK POT use the 2 C water and 4C. Broth. Cook on high 6 ish hours or so. Check fluid level and reduce heat. That said, I like to use equal parts water and broth (LOW OR NO SOIUM) ....for stove top I start with 6 C each then add another 1/2 cup each , IF needed..... For CROCK POT ..3 C. Each. My preference for stock is Beef stock....even if adding the spicy chicken sausage, suggested by another reviewer.( good tip)
BUT IF YOU REALLY WANT TO CONFUSE THE ISSUE....Add in a can of Rotel tomatoes, but maybe reduce water by 1 to 1 1/2 C. Original Rotel is spicy, while the one with Lime & Cilantro has less kick.....skip the one labled " mild", as it is very bland. For the dry mix of spices I add 1t. Garlic powder ( NOT GALIC SALT) I am not a fan of cilantro, but the cilantro in the Rotel is not very noticeable at all. For those that like cilantro, add about a1/4 cup chopped cilantro during laat 10 minutes of cooking. Then serve more on the side.

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04/05/2015
Anonymous

I have not made this yet....BUT I make lots of soups in various forms.SOOO..ITHINK the instructions should say: FOR STOVE TOP use the 9 C water and 4 C.broth. The water will cook down ( UNcovered on STOVE) & beans will absorb some liquid. FOR CROCK POT use the 2 C water and 4C. Broth. Cook on high 6 ish hours or so. Check fluid level and reduce heat. That said, I like to use equal parts water and broth (LOW OR NO SOIUM) ....for stove top I start with 6 C each then add another 1/2 cup each , IF needed..... For CROCK POT ..3 C. Each. My preference for stock is Beef stock....even if adding the spicy chicken sausage, suggested by another reviewer.( good tip)
BUT IF YOU REALLY WANT TO CONFUSE THE ISSUE....Add in a can of Rotel tomatoes, but maybe reduce water by 1 to 1 1/2 C. Original Rotel is spicy, while the one with Lime & Cilantro has less kick.....skip the one labled " mild", as it is very bland. For the dry mix of spices I add 1t. Garlic powder ( NOT GALIC SALT) I am not a fan of cilantro, but the cilantro in the Rotel is not very noticeable at all. For those that like cilantro, add about a1/4 cup chopped cilantro during laat 10 minutes of cooking. Then serve more on the side.

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01/06/2015
Great gift and nice to have something that wasn't SWEET!

This is really a great tasting food, just don't tell them that it is actually good for them! And so nice to offer something that did not have sugar in it. I got ALOT of wonderful comments. People really appreciated they had this easy to do recipe ready when everyone was home over the holidays. As a "giver" and an "eater" I would HIGHLY recommend this!

VERY easty to put togther as a gift and easy to make
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12/13/2014
Anonymous
Great Gift

I have given this as a gift on many occasions. It is awesome! We mix it with spicy chicken sausage to make a great meal!

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12/08/2012
Anonymous
Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup Mix

Delicious and super easy to prepare. I made it on the stove with 9 cups of water and 4 cups of beef broth. Simmered for 2 hours and 15 minutes. Using as gifts this Christmas in 1/2 quart mason jars.

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