Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup Mix

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Homemade Food Gift from Your Kitchen
This hearty soup makes an attractive homemade gift with layers of beans, barley and spices. Making your own dry soup mix from beans and spices couldn’t be easier. In an attractive clear glass jar (such as a Ball jar), layer the beans, barley and spices to artfully display the various shapes, sizes and colors. Add a ribbon and tag and you have a thoughtful and tasty gift for your co-workers, family, and friends.

1 tablespoon/15ml chili powder
1 teaspoon/5ml ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon/2ml dried oregano
1/3 cup dried black/67g beans
1/2 cup/92g pearl barley
1/3 cup/67g dried kidney beans
1/3 cup/67g dried great northern beans
Layer chili powder, cumin, oregano, black beans, barley, kidney beans and great northern beans in a clean, dry 2-cup/500ml jar or bag.
To turn the soup mix into a pot of soup: Heat 1 tablespoon/15g extra-virgin olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add 1 diced large onion, 1 diced celery stalk and 1 diced carrot; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add 9 cups water/2.5 liters, 4 cups/1 liter broth and the soup mix. Bring to a lively simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender, 1 3/4 to 2 1/2 hours (adding more water, 1/2 cup/125ml at a time, if necessary or desired). Season  salt  to taste.

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