Prep 20 mins
Cook 3 hrs
This is a wonderful Barley soup made in the Slow cooker, but using the microwave to have in ready in 3 hours. Feel free to add any other vegetables that are available. As you can see no need for oil or butter.
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 celery ribs, chopped
- 3 carrots, peeled chopped
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cups chopped mushrooms
- 1 cup cooked chicken breast, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup pearl barley, picked over and rinsed
- 8 cups chicken broth
- Heat the chicken broth and pour into slow cooker.
- Place chopped vegetables; onions, garlic, celery and carrots in microwave container; microwave 5 minutes.
- Spoon into Slow cooker and cook on High for 2 hours,.
- Heat up mushrooms in microwave.
- Add rinsed barley,chicken and mushrooms, salt and pepper to the Slow Cooker.
- On high cook another hour.
- Serve with crackers.
Sage it does not get any easier! This was made for dinner last Thursday night and DH and I thoroughly enjoyed your soup. I never did barley in a crock and was a bit worried but then said it must be ok. I did add in some potatoes as I had 2 cooked ones in the fridge and an extra chicken breast as DH loves lots of meat in his soup.. I did not add mushrooms (not allowed). We loved it. I did freeze 2 containers for future dinners. Served with fresh rolls and a spnach salad. A definite keeper. I will be making this in the summer as well because I won't have to heat up my house and we love soup! Made for Soup-Fest 2011
Absolutely wonderful! As this was going to be dinner after I got home from work I altered the directions a bit -- by basically skipping the precooking/microwaving and just tossed everything in the crockpot including the uncooked cut up chicken and put it on low for 6 hours and then my crockpot goes to warm (probably about 9 hours total). Perfectly thick and wonderful hearty soup/stew with very little calories -- yummy! This is only about 3 or 4 WW points -- so a definite keeper which we will be having again and again (especially since I almost always have all the ingredients on hand!) Made for ZWT 6. Thanks for sharing!
Great soup and sooo easy to put together. I used about 1 lb uncooked chicken breasts, left whole and placed in the bottom of the crock pot, added everything on top (also leaving mushrooms whole) and doubled the garlic. I also added 1/2 t. dried thyme.
Cooked on low at least 8 hours and "pulled" the chicken apart. What a wonderful, comforting soup. Thanks for sharing!