Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Camping this Weekend - 9 Bean Soup

Hi all,
Went camping at lovely Algonquin park this weekend. Despite a bear sniffing around our tent at about 3am on Friday night it was a great weekend.

I just wanted to share a couple of quick campfire dishes that worked out great.

First - nine bean soup. This is so great and super easy to make. First, take any nine bean soup mix (I got mine at Costco and it's great). I halved the ingredients for the soup above so here is the full list:

1 medium onion
1 cup nine bean soup mix
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large can tinned crushed tomatoes
5 cups veggie broth (or chicken or a combination of broth and water)

I start by sauteeing the onions in the oil. Then when they are becoming translucent I add the garlic . Then I just add everything else. Bring the whole mixture just to a boil then reduce to a simmer. The best way to simmer properly is actually in the oven but as you can see here it doesn't matter - it worked over a campfire as well.

After they are boiling let simmer at least 1.5 to 2 hours. Done! The soup tastes amazing. Feel free to add whatever chopped veggies you like or spices - but it tastes great just as is!

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