Greek Beans and Grains Soup (Polysporia)
Greek Beans and Grains Soup is tart, chewy, creamy, herby, and all-around delicious. Paired with Rustic Greek Cornbread and a light green salad, it’s great for lunch or dinner. If you’re like me, you’ll also eat it for breakfast. To make the soup vegan be sure to use vegetable stock or water (it’s richer if made with stock).
3 cups diced yellow onion, 1/4” dice
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp. minced garlic
2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Beans and Grains Soup Mix, rinsed under cold water
8 cups vegetable or chicken stock, or water
1 tsp. kosher or coarse salt
2 cups thinly sliced green onions, green and white parts both
2 Tbsp. minced fresh dill or 2 tsp. dried dill
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon peel
Extra dill for garnish
In large pot, sauté onions, lightly seasoned with salt and freshly ground black pepper, in olive oil. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in Beans and Grains, stock, and 1 tsp. salt. Bring to a boil, cover, turn down heat to low, and simmer for 1 1/2 hours, or until beans are tender. When beans are done, stir in green onion, dill, lemon juice, and lemon peel. Cook for 5 minutes. Taste and add salt, freshly ground black pepper, dill, or lemon juice, as needed. Garnish with dill and serve immediately.
NOTE: You can turn this recipe into a salad. To do so, use 6 cups stock, don’t cover pot while it simmers, and cook liquid down until it’s almost gone, stirring regularly to prevent burning. When beans are done, stir in onions, dill, lemon juice, and lemon peel. Serve hot or at room temperature.