1 lb. bag 17 Bean & Barley Mix (Trader Joe's)
4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
28 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 bell pepper (any color)
4-5 garlic cloves
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
Quick soak dried beans: cover beans with triple their volume of water in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium, and cook uncovered for 2 minutes. Remove stockpot from heat and let beans soak for 1 hour.
Meanwhile, dice bell pepper and onion, chop carrots, and mince garlic.
After 1 hour, rinse and drain beans in a colander.
Saute onion, pepper, carrots, and garlic with Italian seasoning and salt in a large stockpot for about 7-8 minutes.
Pour broth, 4 cups water, beans, diced tomatoes (with juice), basil, and oregano in stockpot. Heat over med-high and bring to a light boil.
Reduce heat to med-low and simmer covered for about 1 hour or until desired tenderness.