Busy Day Soup

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Recipe Author: 
Kathy Pollard

This is a savory and nourishing mix of beans to base a soup on, with flavors enhanced by onion, garlic, celery, mushroom, and carrot. The possibilities are endless. You can make your own mix of dry beans, or use a mix of canned beans as well.  If using canned, lessen the cooking time.



  • 1 C Busy Day Soup Mix
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 or 3 cloves garlic, chopped or pressed
  • 3 ribs celery, sliced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • ½ green or red bell pepper
  • ½ C mushrooms, (optional)
  • 1 tomato (optional)
  • 1 T all purpose seasoning, or oregano
  • ¼ C soy sauce
  • 1 tsp pepper

Soup Mix
Make a dry mix of equal parts of the following:

  • Green split peas
  • Yellow split peas
  • Green or brown lentils
  • Red lentils
  • Hulled barley
  • 6 C water or vegetable broth

Store in a jar




Put everything in a pot.  Bring to boil on medium heat. Lower heat and simmer for 1 ½  - 2 hours, or until beans are tender.  Stir every once-in-awhile and add a bit more water if needed.

OPTIONS:  Choose a mix of canned beans.  Use 3 cans of rised beans and reduce cooking time to 30 - 45 minutes.   If 

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