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Best Barley Soup

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Terrific twist to basic barley soup with bacon, naturally sweet yams, earthy mushrooms and carrots creating a comforting and soup-erb soup.

NotesSpicy Advice:

For vegetarian option omit bacon and use vegetable broth.

Makes11 (1-cup) servings

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 1 hour

One Pot MealYes

OccasionFamily Get-together

Recipe Courseappetizer, main course

Dietary Considerationegg-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free

Mealdinner, lunch

Taste and Texturemeaty, savory, sweet

Type of Dishhot soup, soup

Ingredients

  • 5 slices turkey bacon
  • ½ pound sliced mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 8 cups fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 2 cups chopped Louisiana yams (sweet potatoes), peeled and cut into small cubes
  • ¾ cup medium pearl barley

Instructions

  1. In large nonstick pot, cook bacon until crisp, Remove to paper towels, crumble, set aside,

  2. In same pot coated with nonstick cooking spray, sauté mushrooms, garlic, and onion until tender about 7 minutes,

  3. Add thyme, broth, bay leaf, carrots, sweet potatoes and barley, Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover, and cook 25 minutes or until barley and vegetables are tender. Season to taste, remove bay leaf. If too thick, add more broth. To serve, sprinkle with crumbled bacon.

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