This little jar of magic will keep your family in soup heaven during the Winter months. A killer mixture of herbs and spices, this is your secret weapon for soup season.
Haven’t we all received bean soup mixes for gifts? You know the ones, a bag of dried beans accompanied by an herb mix and they’re usually cleverly packaged. Some in cute little bags, some in whisky looking jugs, some in Mason jars. A few of them are pretty good, but a lot of them are pretty darn bland.
With very little effort you can prepare your own dried herb and bean mix. You’ll feel so smug with these secret weapons stashed away in your pantry. Ready to go all Winter. All you need is some vegetables and a supply of dried beans and I can guarantee you won’t call this spice mix for bean soup bland.
This makes close to a quart. Enjoy.
- ½ c. dried parsley
- ¼ c. plus 2 T. dried summer savory
- ¼ c. cumin seeds
- 2 T. each: fennel seeds, caraway seeds, dill seeds, cracked coriander seeds, sweet basil, and dried chervil (if available)
- 1 T. each celery seeds, dried thyme (lemon thyme if available), sage, oregano, rosemary, lavender, sweet marjoram.
- ½ - 1 t. cayenne pepper
- Mix all together and keep sealed in a Mason jar.
So there you have it. When the snow flies, you’re ready to put that spice mix to work. It blends perfectly in this Bean and Vegetable Soup.
And a tip for having a some fun for keeping a container of beautiful mixed beans in your pantry.
And speaking of snow flying.
As I’m writing this, we have 23 inches of snow on the ground. In another hour I’ll be able to officially say we have two feet. Denver is no stranger to large snow storms, it’s just unique for October. I mean Alaska probably hasn’t even had over 10 inches of snow yet. It’s just beautiful and I love our big storms. At the end of this post, you’ll find a gallery of photos of our Denver snow storm to get you in the mood for some soup.
About 15 inches on the Weber.
Pine trees are somewhere out there.
No birds at the bird bath?
No picnics at the patio table?
My little Sammy glad to have a shoveled area to explore the patio. Why does he only have snow on one side of his face?
Our neighbor Miguel … cheerfully shoveling snow.
Neighbors across the street … I think that’s their mini-van.
Snow fall is piling up.
Here comes the sun…here comes the sun, and I say….It’s alright …
Bean Soup Mix…It’s What’s For Dinner