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Bean & Barley Soup

January/February 2013

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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.


Bean & Barley Soup

17 Reviews for Bean & Barley Soup

04/04/2014
Anonymous
Easy and delicious!

I was skeptical of the fennel bulb, having never cooked with it before and especially since it smelled like vile black licorice. But 99% of the smell and taste cooked off - zero licorice taste. It's a nice crunchy alternative to celery. The consistency came out similar to the onion.

I'm not one for a lot of prep, and this soup fit the bill. All there was to chop was onion and fennel bulb. Next time I will definitely chop up the baby spinach because it clumps a bit. Between the barley and the mashed beans, this was very filling as a main dish. Tasty!

I got 5.5 servings - filled up five 2.5oz square Ziploc lunch containers and had a smallish bowl left over.

Not much prep work, keeps well, freezes well
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02/16/2014
Anonymous
I loved this soup.

What a gem of a recipe! We accidentally got fire-roasted tomatoes with green chilis, so I made a southwestern rendition of the soup with chili powder, ancho chili powder, and cumin. I also just used an immersion blender at the end to puree part of the soup before adding the greens, and that worked great - the soup was quite thick. What a nutritional bargain for 2 1/2 cups serving size and 323 calories! I prefer kale to spinach - I think spinach tastes kind of slimy in soups, but that's just me. This recipe is going into our regular rotation.

Easy to prepare, quick to pull together, filling.
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02/06/2014
Hearty bean soup

Very good. Made a nice hearty winter "stoop" as it was pretty thick. I love soups and this is a keeper.

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01/06/2014
Anonymous
Very Good Snow Storm Food!

Michigan, like most of the Mid-West got hid with a pretty bad snow storm so I wanted a recipe I could make from things already in my pantry, so I had to substitute some ingredients. This is a very hearty soup, mine turned out more stew like, so it was like a steoup! I did not have a fennel bulb, so I used dried fennel seeds (approx 1tbs), I had regular frozen spinach in my freezer so I just used that and It turned out very nice. My husband loved this and it is keeping us warm while we wait out the storm!

Very hearty, easy, stores well.
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12/02/2013
Filling and Hearty!

This soup was so good! Came together quick and easy and smelled wonderful while cooking. The mashed beans and Parmesan cheese thickened it up nicely, great great soup....will be making this again for the chilly winter!

Handy ingredients
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