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    Italian Chicken Meatball Soup With Barley

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    1 hr 35 mins

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    Northwest Lynnie's Note:

    This soup bursts with flavor. Now that I've moved back to "The Great Northwest", it has become a favorite on rainy, gray days. Serve with crusty bread and a salad of spinach and tomatoes topped with toasted pine nuts.

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    1. 1
      Mix seasonings and dried herbs in a small bowl.
    2. 2
      Rinse barley and drain it.
    3. 3
      Combine barley in a large soup pot with the 9 cups of chicken broth, about HALF the herb mixture, and 3 of the cloves of crushed garlic.
    4. 4
      Bring to a simmer and cook covered for 30 minutes.
    5. 5
      Meanwhile, mix together the meatball ingredients and form into balls the size of walnuts in the shell (you will get 20 or more).
    6. 6
      When the barley/broth mixture has simmered for 30 minutes, add in the remaining 3 crushed garlic cloves, the rest of the seasonings and dried herb mixture, the meatballs, and the carrots and onion.
    7. 7
      Bring soup back to a low simmer, and cook for another 30 minutes, stirring gently every 10 or 15 minutes so meatballs won't stick to the bottom or break apart.
    8. 8
      Serve soup topped with chopped parsley and a generous handful of grated Parmesan cheese.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 20, 2006


      I made this last night. Really yummy and filling. I only used 1/2 an onion and I added diced zucchini. I used turkey for the meatballs, but left out the cheese. I think next time I'll use less breadcrumbs to try and get a firmer meatball. Also, I didn't put all of the meatballs in the soup. It seemed like a lot. (Now I have leftover meatballs for pasta!) I think I would have been happier with the final result if I had used less red pepper flakes and garlic. The soup did have a nice kick to it. I put the leftovers in the freezer. I'm betting this freezes well. Thanks for sharing! :) 8/20/06 ETA: Freezes well. :)

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    Nutritional Facts for Italian Chicken Meatball Soup With Barley

    Serving Size: 1 (416 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 440.3
    Calories from Fat 166
    Total Fat 18.5 g
    Saturated Fat 5.9 g
    Cholesterol 103.0 mg
    Sodium 828.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 40.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.4 g
    Sugars 4.4 g
    Protein 30.1 g

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