Recipe courtesy of Michele Urvater

Barley Vegetable Chowder

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 1 hr
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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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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