Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins
The Coral Tree Cafe offers "honest to goodness healthy and organic California-style cuisine in a casual indoor/outdoor atmosphere" located in and around Los Angeles, California. This is an adaptation of their popular vegetable soup. It is made with an assortment of vegetables, fresh thyme, and marinara sauce.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cups onions, diced
- 2 cups carrots, diced
- 1⁄2 cup red bell pepper, diced
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
- 3⁄4 cup pearl barley
- 1 quart vegetable broth
- 1 1⁄2 cups prepared marinara sauce
- 2 cups mushrooms, quartered
- 2 cups zucchini, diced
- kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
- Heat a heavy bottomed pot over medium heat; add oil, onions, carrots, bell pepper, thyme, and barley.
- Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables begin to brown, about 18 minutes.
- Stir in the vegetable broth and marinara sauce; cover and increase heat until mixture boils.
- Reduce heat to a gentle simmer and allow to cook until the barley is al dente, 6 to 8 minutes.
- Stir in the mushrooms and zucchini; season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Cover and continue to simmer until mushrooms and zucchini are just tender, 4 to 6 minutes.
- Remove from heat, add a little water to thin soup if it has become too thick; adjust seasonings and serve.
Delicious! I made it early in the day and reheated it for dinner and it tasted better than it had earlier in the day. Served with veggie quesadillas for a great meal. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
DH was surprised by how much he enjoyed this! So that earns 5 stars. We served it with Recipe #487569. I used Recipe #188586 (simmered for 1 hour) for the marinara sauce. Definitely will repeat! Made for Spring Photo Tag.
Found this recipe and tried it at home. Amazing, and not too hard! Loved it so much that I even went to the cafe to try the original. Doubly amazing! YUM