Barley Vegetable Chowder

Total Time:
1 hr 30 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
1 hr

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 6 cups chicken broth or water
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 1 medium size boiling potato
  • 1 medium size white turnip
  • 1 rib celery
  • 2 to 3 carrots
  • 6 scallions
  • 16 ounce can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bunch escarole or romaine lettuce
  • Grated Parmesan or pesto topping, optional
  • Salt and pepper
Directions

Combine the broth and barley in a soup pot and bring the liquid to a simmer over medium heat Add each vegetable to the pot as you prepare it; peel the potato and turnip and cut them into 3/4 inch chunks. Dice the celery, peel and slice the carrots into rounds, 3/4 inch thick.

When all of the vegetables are in, bring the liquid to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat and simmer gently for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile thinly slice the scallions, including 4 inches of the green tops. Rinse and coarsely chop the escarole.

Add the beans to the soup; season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer, covered 15 minutes longer. Add the escarole and scallions and simmer until wilted, about 2 minutes.

Adjust the seasoning and serve very hot with grated Parmesan on the side.


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