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What a nice soup. In full disclosure I did use a light chicken broth that I wanted to use instead of freezing, omitted the celery, used some rehydrated mushrooms - so nice and chewy - and a bit more of the red pepper flakes. I threw in some whole peppercorns into the soup - I find that contributes nicely to the flavor of the soup. A very satisfying soup for my supper tonight.
Wonderful meal this evening - I put everything in the crock-pot this afternoon - first I combined softened the onion, carrots and celery. My crock was only big enough to accommodate 6c broth - although I didn't change the amounts of anything else. My DH and I really enjoyed it, very flavorful veggie soup.
This is yummy! Barley in soup is great. Instead of the mushrooms I added tofu and ate this with bread as a vegetarian main meal. I had no problems finding pearl barley in the bulk foods section of the supermarket. I really liked that you could just dump everything in the pot, turn on the heat and voila, it's done! The barley did seem to have thickened up this soup quite a bit. Thanks 2bleu.
A very nice soup that made a very nice supper on a cool fall evening! I served with a few crackers. I did scale the recipe down and used homemade veg. broth. Thanks!