Barley, red lentils, pasta and sun dried tomatoes and a unique seasoning packet are the recipe for this flavorful soup! Makes approximately 9 (1 cup) servings.
Net Weight: 18 oz.
What you will need:
14 cups water
4 Tbsp. Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves, crushed
2 Large Onions, chopped
Beans are harvested in their natural state. Even with the most careful processing, foreign substances such as small stones may appear. Please examine contents closely. Rinse barley and lentils in a bowl with cold water until water is clear.
In a large soup pot, bring water, contents of seasoning pack and barley/lentil mix to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 45 minutes.
Saute garlic and onions in olive oil. After barley and lentils have cooked, add the sauteed mixture, pasta and sun dried tomatoes, bringing to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.
Add Parmesan cheese. For a "zippier" flavor add hot sauce or cayenne pepper (optional)
Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Instructions - Make the following adjustments to the recipe for Slow Cooker
Add less water (1 to 2 cups) than the soup package directions indicate. (When cooking in a slow cooker, the water does not evaporate as readily as it does in stovetop cooking).
Add the pre-soaked and softened beans and rest of the package to your slow cooker. You can add the chopped onion and garlic without cooking in olive oil.
When cooking soups that have pasta or rice in the packages, we recommend that you cook the pasta and/or rice separately in boiling water until done to your taste, drain, and then add the pasta to your finished soup in the slow cooker. The cooking tipe for rice and pasta should be approx. 20 minutes, when cooked separately.
When cooking soups that suggest adding meat, chicken or pork to the mixture you can add them to the slow cooker at the beginning of the cooking process along with the beans. The meats do not have to be precooked before adding them, however, you may want to remove whatever oil has accumulated.
Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.
-For the increasing number of consumers concerned about their sodium intake, we have reduced the salt in our seasoning pack. Please salt to taste.
This soup is spectacular--hearty, flavorful, filling, and easy to prepare. I will often add protein in the form of cut-up turkey sausages or bratwurst. I can no longer find it locally so I depend on the excellent service from Cherchie's to get it via their website. One tip: Really rinse the beans and barley well until the water is clear--that keeps the soup from getting too starchy. Love, love, love this soup!