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Vegetable Barley Soup

This soup is hearty enough to make a complete meal and healthy enough to not make you feel guilty about a second helping.

Guideposts: Vegetable Barley Soup

Experiment with different vegetables and double everything if you’re expecting a large crowd. Add 1 to 2 cups cooked chicken for a non-vegetarian dish. 

Ingredients

2 quarts vegetable or chicken broth 3 bay leaves
1 c. uncooked barley 3 Tbsp. Italian seasonings
1 large onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced
3 carrots, chopped 2 c. fresh or frozen vegetables (peas, corn, string beans, squash)
2 stalks celery, chopped Salt
2 c. diced tomatoes or 1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes with juice Pepper
1 (15-oz.) can dark kidney beans, rinsed and drained  

Preparation

1. Heat broth in a large pot. Add barley, onions, carrots, celery, tomatoes, beans, bay leaves, seasonings, garlic. Bring to boil; cover and simmer for 90 min­utes.

2. Add additional fresh or frozen veggies; cook on medium heat for 10 minutes. Remove bay leaves before serving. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Pair this soup with Honey Whole Wheat Bread.

Read the story behind the soup in Sunday Soup Pot.

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