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    Barley Minestrone With Pesto

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    1 hr 15 mins

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    Nancy's Pantry's Note:

    A nice, hearty soup with barley, veggies and some basil/garlic pesto. You can vary the vegetables as you wish. This soup would be delicious with some crusty bread and a salad. Prep time does not include soaking time for barley.

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    For the pesto


    1. 1
      Place the barley in a pan, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Cook for 25-30 minutes until tender; then drain.
    2. 2
      In a large pot, combine all vegetables with the stock and bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes until the vegetables are just tender.
    3. 3
      To make pesto, place the basil and garlic in a blender; add 1/2 cup of the vegetable cooking liquid and blitz to a smooth puree.
    4. 4
      Add the puree to the soup, stir until combined, then add the cooked barley. Season with black pepper and serve.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 01, 2012


      What a nice soup and you can make it in a flash. I had not soaked my barley so I just rinsed it and put it in the rice cooker to cook while I did the prep of the rest of the ingredients. I did saute the hard veggies for a few minutes in just a splash of olive oil, I think that really enhances the flavor of the vegetables. I also added a bay leaf as I think all vegetable soups benefit from bay. I would not use cabbage again, I did not care for it. I would rather add some spinach. Barley is such a great grain and it works very nicely with the rest. This soup is vegan but I am not so I used some pesto I had which was made with cheese and also topped the soup with big curls of shaved parmesan as a garnish.

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    • on December 15, 2011


      We really enjoyed this thanks and it filled my family up. The pesto really make it for us.

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    • on November 06, 2011


      Another winner thanks Nancy! I made this for our lunch and we both thoroughly enjoyed it and could feel it doing us good! I made a couple of little changes-used a can of whole tomatoes (which I diced) and three tablespoons of Lighter Basil Pesto to use it up. Otherwise I stuck to the very simple recipe. Thanks for posting, I'll be making this one again.

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    Nutritional Facts for Barley Minestrone With Pesto

    Serving Size: 1 (338 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 201.4
    Calories from Fat 8
    Total Fat 0.9 g
    Saturated Fat 0.1 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 39.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 43.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 9.4 g
    Sugars 8.2 g
    Protein 7.5 g

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    vegetable stock

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