Loved this filling soup! Found 10-minute barley at Trader Joe's and also used Trader Joe's vegetable broth and added water to make it 6 cups. The fire roasted tomatoes are a must! Gives it a nice spicy taste. The leftovers tasted better the next day. I think next time I'll make it a day in advance so the flavors will meld.
Bean & Barley Soup
From EatingWell: January/February 2013
This hearty bean and barley soup tastes like it has simmered for hours, but actually it’s quite quick to throw together. Plus this recipe for healthy bean and barley soup freezes beautifully. If you have cooked barley on hand, omit the quick-cooking barley and stir in 1 1/2 cups cooked barley along with the broth in Step 2.
17 Reviews for Bean & Barley Soup
I LOVE this soup! It's soooo flavorful and healthy. I make this soup for lunch and just add a salad and I'm good to go.
I made this sup just now and it is really great! Few changes I made: I used cup or so of leftover cooked brown rice so omitted a couple steps there; added one small finely diced jalapeno (ribs and seeds removed) when I added the garlic; used one box low-sodium vegetable stock, no other liquids other than the juice in the fire-roasted diced tomatoes; did not mash the beans so less liquid was necessary. One tip though - coarsely chop your spinach or it will be kinda stringy - not fun. Next time, I will use chopped kale for more flavor and substance, and also quinoa instead of barley for the health benefits and added protein and "chew" texture. LOVE IT!
This made a lot. Hubby and I had a bowl and there were 6 lunch containers leftover! When I make this again I will use kale instead of spinach. I prefer spinach less wilted, so kale would be better, I think. I also will substitute quinoa for the barley, just for the nutrition. My only criticism is that it will leave a half box of stock, which doesn't keep long once open. To avoid that I used one box of stock and 2 cups of water. It was still very good.
I was very pleasantly surprised with how this soup turned out.
Based upon a few of the reviews I read, I did make a few adjustments but overall it was great.
I used about half a small can of tomato paste to thicken the brought. I also used chicken stock instead of veggie.
And last, I added some seared sliced Italian chicken sausage to boost the protein content.
I was so impressed with how easy, tasty, and filling this recipe was.