My Life of Travels and Adventures: Vegetable Barley Soup

Vegetable Barley Soup

31 January 2017

Vegetable Barley Soup
We love a good soup recipe around here. They are fairly simple to make.  Usually nothing burns if I forget about it or have to walk away.  There is almost always leftovers.  Its my perfect dinner combination.   
This Vegetable Barley Soup came to fruition when a little bag of barley was placed in my cart at Aldi's.  (Shopping with kids is so fun.)  Anyway, it was a good buy that turned into a delicious soup. 

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Onion, chopped
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 C Carrots, sliced (I used frozen since that is what I had on hand)
1 C Quick Cook Barley (uncooked)
1 Can (14.5oz) Diced Tomatoes
4 C Chicken Broth
1/2 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1 Tsp Basil
1 Bag (16oz) Spinach, chopped (Again, I used frozen)
1 Can Cannelli Beans, drained + rinsed

Directions:
1. Add the oil, onion and garlic to a large sauce pan.  Cook for 2-3 minutes. 
2. Add the carrots and barley.  Stir well to coat the barley in oil. 
3. Stir in the tomatoes, chicken broth, red pepper and basil.  Bring to a boil.
4. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer.  Let simmer for 20 minutes. 
5. Add the spinach and beans.  If needed add additional water.  Bring to a boil.  
6. Reduce heat and let simmer for 30 minutes. 
Enjoy. 

Adapted from Earthly Grains Quick Cook Barley Recipe.  




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