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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.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, Soup Cookbook


Recipe Summary

45 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, fennel, garlic, and basil; cook, stirring frequently, until tender and just beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes.

  • Mash 1/2 cup of the beans. Stir the mashed and whole beans, tomatoes, broth and barley into the pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the barley is tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in spinach and cook until wilted, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in cheese and pepper.


To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts

2 1/2 cups
333 calories; protein 13.4g; carbohydrates 54.7g; dietary fiber 11.9g; sugars 10.7g; fat 7.8g; saturated fat 1.5g; cholesterol 4.3mg; vitamin a iu 1919.5IU; vitamin c 37.3mg; folate 24.4mcg; calcium 182.6mg; iron 3.5mg; magnesium 92.4mg; potassium 832.3mg; sodium 618.7mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

2 starch, 2 1/2 vegetable, 1/2 lean protein, 1 fat