Vegetable & Barley Soup

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One medium onion.

Chop onion.

Add chopped onion to cooking pot with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Turn heat to medium/low.

Peel and slice 4 large carrots.

Add carrots to pot.

Chop up 3 stalks of celery.

Add celery to pot.

Sweet peppers.

Seed sweet peppers, slice and chop then add to pot.

All the pretty peppers 🙂

Add 2 quarts of water to your pot full of veggies.

5 Roma tomatoes.

Chop (seeds and all) and add to pot.

Your wonderful veggie mixture just waiting for some seasonings. Add all seasonings.

Add 2/3 cup barley.

Continue to cook on medium/low for about an hour.

Dish your soup up and enjoy...I love the wonderful colors.

Vegetable & Barley Soup

1 tbsp olive oil

1 large onion

4 large carrots

3 celery stalks

4 sweet peppers

2 quarts water (warm)

5 Roma tomatoes

1 tbsp + 1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp paprika

1 1/2 tsp rubbed sage

2 tsp sweet basil

1 tsp ground thyme

1 tsp ground coriander seed

1 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp crush red pepper (can use less if wanted–highly recommend using less)

fresh ground black pepper

1 tsp onion powder

2 tbsp parsley flakes

3 tbsp chopped chives

2/3 cup barley

Add olive oil to large soup pot.  Chop onion and add to pot with olive oil, start cooking on medium/low heat.  While onions are cooking prep and chop carrots then add to pot.  Do the same with celery and sweet peppers.  Add water.  Chop and add in Roma tomatoes.  Add seasonings and then barley.  Cook on medium/low heat for about one hour (until barley is fully cooked).  If you are using fresh chives add those in prior to serving, if you were using dried chives they can be added at the same time as other seasonings.  I made this using veggies that we had in the fridge, but you can always add your favorites such as:  spinach (would wait until the last couple of minutes of cooking to add), mushrooms, fresh peas, corn, bell peppers,  the options keep going just have fun with it and enjoy your soup.  You can also change the soup up and add a little ricotta cheese, plain greek yogurt or sour cream to make it richer (though not as healthy).

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