Vegi Soup Mix Recipe
The beginning of July is not usually a time to enjoy a hot barley stew. But with the wonderful deal on dried beans that I found at the dented can grocery store ($.30!) I couldn’t resist my childhood favorite soup.
My mom used to purchase a soup mix from the Amish bulk-goods store that had lentils, split peas, alphabet pasta, and barley. Today at the grocery store I noticed that Bob’s Red Mill sold a similar mix, but for more money than I thought was necessary for dried beans.
To make my own soup mix I emptied into an empty oatmeal canister:
- 1- 1 lb bag lentils
- 1- 1lb bag split peas
- 1 lb barley
The rule of thumb for this soup mix is 1 part mix to 3 parts water or broth.
In today’s soup:
- 2 cups mix
- 2 small carrots
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 chopped onion
- 1 Roma tomato
- 1 tsp each of chili powder, salt, and pepper
- 2 bouillon cubes
- 7 cups water
Six hours in the slow cooker later, and my favorite soup is ready to enjoy.
I think when Mom made this soup it had browned ground beef, a bay leaf, and lots of tomato. Although $2.28 is a good price for soup I calculated my own mix to have cost $.79 per pound. Keep the rest of the soup thrifty by using the vegetables you have on hand.