Vegetarian Bean and Barley Vegetable Soup

Vegetarian Bean and Barley Vegetable Soup

Ingreduents

1/2 large chopped onion

2-3 cloves garlic

2 tbsp. of oil 

2 ribs celery

2 medium-sized chopped carrots

Any other vegetables you want, about 1/2 cup each (I like cauliflower and potato)

8 cups water

1 cup pearled barley, uncooked

1 cup white beans, cooked

1/3 cup tomato paste 

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

1/4 tsp. celery salt (optional but adds a nice flavor)

1/2 tsp. basil

1/2 tsp. oregano or Italian spice mix

2 large bay leaves

Salt and pepper to taste (optional)

How To Make

STEP 1

In a large soup or stock pot, sautee the onions and garlic in the oil for a minute or two, then add the celery, carrots and any other vegetables you are using for about 3 to 5 minutes.

STEP 2

Next, add in the water and all the other remaining ingredients and bring the mixture to a cook gently. Once your soup is simmering, reduce the heat to medium-low and cover your pot. 

STEP 3

Allow your soup to simmer on the stove for at least thirty minutes and up to one hour, stirring occasionally, until the barley is soft and somewhat fluffy.

STEP 4

Be sure to remove both of the bay leaves before serving your soup. Taste, and then add in more spices or a bit of optional salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

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