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Italian Barley Soup

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“From The Frugal Gourmet, by Jeff Smith, 1984. This soup is a wonderful main dish for the whole family, and tastes even better on the second day. Serve with a crusty Italian bread and green salad.”
3hrs 15mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring soup stock and water to a boil in a large stockpot.
  2. Reduce heat and add barley, celery, carrot, onion, garlic, red wine, lemon, pepper, and salt.
  3. Cover and simmer for 2 hours, stirring frequently to prevent barley from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  4. Add the herbs, tomatoes, and tomato paste and cook for 1 more hour.
  5. Leave the lid on during cooking and occasionally check to see if you need to add water.
  6. Ladle into soup bowls and sprinkle with grated cheese before serving.

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