As the weather slowly begins to improve, it is evident (especially at the hardware and garden stores) that we are getting into “vegetable season”. People everywhere are starting to see their gardens take shape and the local Farmers’ Market has finally opened its’ doors.
On that theme, there couldn’t be a better time to introduce one of our newest packaged items: Hurst’s HamBeens® Vegetarian 15 Bean Soup. It takes our classic mix of bean varieties and pairs them with a delicious herb and spice blend that can be enjoyed year round, but is especially delicious with a load of fresh summer vegetables thrown in… and I figure what better way to show off 15 varieties of beans than with 15 varieties of vegetables.
What you need:
1- Package Hurst’s® HamBeens® Vegetarian 15 Bean Soup
1/2 Cup of Each: Carrot, Green Pepper, Tomato, Onion, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Mushroom, Potato, Celery, Spinach, Red Pepper, Brocolli, Sweet Potato, Asparagus, Corn
3-4 Cloves Chopped Garlic
2-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
1. The first step is to rinse and sort through the beans. Check for any stones or debris and discard. Then place the beans in a large bowl or pot and cover with 2+” of water. Allow to soak overnight or for at least 6-8 hours. After soaking, drain the excess water and place the beans in a large soup pot with 10-12 cups of H2O. Bring to a rolling boil, then reduce the heat and simmer (covered) for 45-60 minutes. Check the tenderness of the beans at 45 minutes and continue to cook if still firm.
2. While the beans are cooking, saute the vegetables in batches (unless you have a HUGE pan) using some of the olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. When they just become tender, add them to the pot of beans. Repeat until all vegetables (and garlic) are in the soup.
3. Once the beans are completely tender, stir in Hurst’s Vegetarian Seasoning packet and add salt and pepper to taste. Allow the soup to simmer for at least another 15 minutes prior to serving.
4. Serve hot with a loaf of crusty bread… Enjoy! (*This recipe is also delicious as a chilled soup.)
(Although it is made to be a vegetarian soup, I will no doubt use this item with meat and other proteins down the road because the seasoning packet is delicious and has different flavor than many of our other products.)