Saturday, September 3, 2011

CSA Veggies and Super Easy Veggie and Bean Soup

We got another CSA box. I never check online to see what we’ll be getting, and it’s always so much fun to open it!

The other day, I was in the mood for some soup (despite it being quite warm around here) and had planned to make my mom’s lentil soup. Unfortunately, I realized that I didn’t have lentils, so I used TJ’s 17 Bean and Barley Mix instead of lentils.

The mix comes complete with a recipe. I adjusted the recipe and used what I had around, and it turned out great. I think you can add any veggies you have around and like, and there are many seasonings I can imagine playing with.

We really enjoyed the mixture of different beans with the different tastes and textures.

Bean and Veggie Soup

  • Trader Joe’s 17 Bean and Barley Mix
  • 1 Carton Low Sodium Veggie Broth
  • 4 cups water (may need more)
  • 6 celery stalks, sliced
  • 5 carrots, sliced
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 leeks, cut in half and sliced
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 3 frozen basil cubes
  • 3 frozen cilantro cubes
  • Organic ketchup, a couple tablespoons, to taste
  • Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Blend, to taste
  1. Soak bean mixture. [The package suggests over night, but I only soaked them for about 5 hours, and it worked out fine.]
  2. Rinse beans, add the veggie stock, 2 cups of water, and bring to a boil. Then lower heat to a gentle boil.
  3. Spray a skillet with some oil and sauté the veggies for a few minutes. Season with salt, pepper, 21 Seasoning Blend, basil, cilantro, and ketchup.
  4. Add veggies to bean pot.
  5. Cook soup for about 1 hour, until beans are the desired tenderness. Check liquid frequently and add more as needed. [Our soup was quite thick; you may want to add a lot more liquid if you like a thinner soup. Ours was really more of a stew.]
Cook Time: 1 hour [plus 5 hours + to soak beans]
Servings: 8 dinner-sized servings

Questions: What fall veggies and/or fruits are you looking forward to the most? I’ve been seeing pumpkin everywhere, and we almost picked up some pumpkin ale. I’m really looking forward to more pumpkins everywhere! The toddler even already got his Halloween costume!

Be well,


  1. I love getting CSA boxes. It's like Christmas every week. Isn't Trader Joes great? I can always find something new to try and the grocery bill never makes me cry. :)

  2. I love the toddler looking in his soup bowl! I am still jealous of your CSA loot.

    Have a great day Andrea!

  3. oh yummy
    if it weren't tripple digits here I'd be cranking out the soups...
    I'm ready for split pea myself

    happy labor day weekend

  4. This looks wonderful and so hearty! I'm looking forward to butternut squash, although i'm REALLY going to miss my yellow squash!

  5. This looks so yummy!

  6. We just bought Dogfish Head Punkin ale, have you tried it?? We bought it on Friday but are having our first tonight and we are both SUPER excited (it's the best beer, ever). I haven't seen any canned pumpkin :( I keep looking but I'm not able to find any. I'm most excited for hot soups, like this one, with chunks of fresh veggies and squash. Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

  7. I so want it to cool down so I can enjoy a hot bowl of soup!

    I have been thinking about butternut squash, turnips, rutabagas and other root veggies. Soups, stews, chili, pork roast and lots of comfort foods.

  8. Anonymous9/04/2011

    i have got to pick up that bean soup mix from tj's today........can't wait for pumpkin!

  9. Yum! Your CSA delivery looks amazing! And grapes?! Only in California :;) I can't wait for butternut and acorn squash!

  10. I'm looking forward to squash of all kings this fall! It's been raining here for the past 2 days so that soup looks especially comforting.....

  11. Anonymous9/04/2011

    As a vegetarian, I love ae good vegetable soup! Especially ones that have beans for protein! I would love to make this (substituting vegetable broth for the chicken stock). Thanks for sharing!

  12. Anonymous9/04/2011

    Wonderful soup, very healthy and seasonal with beans and veggies!

  13. Looks great! I have used that bean mix before. Lots of fun! As for fall or winter veggies, thinking all the various squashes, but also just finding what is local in Japan for this time of year. The apples here are amazing!

  14. I'm jealous of your figs..yum!
    My mom makes this's one of my favorites.
    I can't wait for pumpkin! :)

  15. It looks FANTASTIC!

  16. Hi Andrea, that CSA box looks incredible. Love the pic of Toddler with the soup too. Have a wonderful Monday.

  17. OK
    because I feel overly comfy with you I shall share:

    Im afraid to get the boxes as I really fear being overwhelmed with perishable stuff I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO USE!!

    Did you used to have that frazzle?

  18. @Miz: We've been getting our boxes for about two years, and there were a few things I didn't know how to cook/had never cooked. Fava beans and various greens come to mind. It was actually fun and easy to google those and to figure out what to do with them. However, I also realize that we are extremely lucky in California and get "normal" produce pretty much all year long. I remember Charlotte once writing about the fact that she got stinging nettles over and over in her boxes!!! Not sure I would be thrilled to use those... I've also learned to make a list of what I'll do with each item as soon as I get the box, or things tend to get lost in the fridge...

    If you think of getting a box, I would start with the smallest size possible (or maybe share with a friend). We have the option to get the box every other week or even only once per month. We started with every other week, which worked out great at the time.

    I love the box because it really gets the toddler (who won't be a toddler much longer!!!) excited about produce. It really is like opening a present every Friday! :-)

  19. My box from last week looks very similar to yours! I'm loving the grapes!

    I'm not sure what I'm looking forward to in the fall. Honestly, right now I'm a little fearful since we are going on the road and I won't have all my food co-ops. :-( I have no idea how we are going to get all of our food. I can't stand the idea of having to shop for my produce at the grocery store (I'm spoiled but I'm sure you understand) but I'm sure you understand. I just don't see anyway around it. Hopefully, I will be able to go to farmers markets but I know sometimes there just won't be one around. It's going to be a challenge.