I found this beautiful blend of beans and barley from Trader Joe’s and decided to give it a try. It seemed like an easy one pot meal that would last us a few days. I was going for a tomato based italian flavor similar to minestrone.
 
First I soaked the blend overnight in a pot of water. Then rinsed and picked through them before adding them to their broth.
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On the stove I sauteed some red onion, garlic, mushroom, crushed red pepper, dried thyme, dried oregano, salt and pepper in olive oil.
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Next I added 4 cups of broth and one small can of tomato sauce and let it simmer for a few minutes.
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Then I added the beans and let it simmer for 30 minutes, added 2 cups more of broth…
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…Let it simmer another 30 minutes. At that point some of the beans still weren’t as soft as I like so I let it go a few minutes more. By this time it was more like a stew or chili, so if you like more of a soup add extra water or stock.
 
Serve with crusty bread or your favorite crackers. YUMMY!
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