Chicken, Grains and Beans Soup with Spinach

It’s a lot of beans and some grains I recognize and some grains I’ve never heard of — it’s Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grains and Beans Soup Mix and it’s on the menu.

Here’s the ingredient listing from the package: Small red beans, pinto beans, lentils, red lentils, whole oat groats, brown rice, triticale berries (wheat), rye berries, hard red wheat, pearl barley, kamut khorasan wheat, buckwheat groats, and sesame seeds.

No seasonings, just a mixture of grains and beans. It’s more than five ingredients but it’s definitely not processed food, just a handy mix for making soup. You still need to add your own vegetables, meat, and spices to really make it into soup.

Here’s how I made it on Sunday (this is an original recipe):

Chicken, Grains and Beans Soup with Spinach

1 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grains and Beans Soup Mix

4 cups chicken broth

2 cups water

1 cup chicken meat, cubed but not cooked

1 Tbls olive oil

1 cup frozen red, yellow and green peppers

1 medium onion, diced

2 tsp garlic

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

3 cups fresh spinach


In a slow cooker, combine soup mix, chicken broth and water. Add salt, pepper, garlic and cayenne pepper. Set slow cooker on High.

In a frying pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Once oil is heated, add chicken and diced onion. Cook until chicken is golden brown on outside edges.

Put chicken, onion and frozen peppers into the slow cooker. Cook on High for about 4 hours. Wilt in spinach just before eating.