We loved this. I doubled the recipe and used escarole rather than spinach. I also diced the carrots rather than shredding. I had never used barley before so I was a little unsure when reading the recipe how to cook it but I followed the directions on the bag. I also needed much more broth than called for to get this to a soup consistency but that just may be a matter of preferance. All in all, a wonderful soup that the whole family and one guest loved. I'll be making this again. Oh, and while its called a winter soup I think its light enough (while being very filling) to be a great warm weather soup as well.