A very tasty, light creamy potato, penne and vegetable soup. An excellent variety of ingredients to suit all tastes.

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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large saute pan, melt margarine, add onions and cook over medium heat until translucent. Reduce heat to low.

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  • In a large stock pot, add water and bring to a boil. Add carrots, potatoes, pearl barley, and cook for 10 minutes. Add chicken broth, penne, celery (including leaves), chicken soup base, red bell pepper and green bell pepper and bring back to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 15 minutes.

  • Add white pepper, cauliflower florets, parsley, thyme and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

  • In a food processor or blender, puree 3 cups of all-ready cooked soup and return to stock pot.

  • In a small mixing bowl, mix together flour and 3/4 cup whole milk; blend well. Add flour mixture to the cooked onions and mix well. Gradually add remainder of milk, stirring constantly until soup is heated through.

  • Add onion mixture to soup and stir. Add soy sauce and bring to a boil. Adjust seasonings to taste and serve soup hot.

Nutrition Facts

170.5 calories; 5.6 g protein; 23.4 g carbohydrates; 3.5 mg cholesterol; 740.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2004
This soup was fabulous. Even though it did take a little while to make it it was well worth the effort. I was a little hesitant at first to add the soy sauce but was glad that I did as it really added to the taste. My husband and I both loved it. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/14/2007
This seemed a little bland and I did not like the combination of potatoes and pasta together in one dish. Read More
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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2004
This soup was fabulous. Even though it did take a little while to make it it was well worth the effort. I was a little hesitant at first to add the soy sauce but was glad that I did as it really added to the taste. My husband and I both loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2006
Delicious! A great way to use fresh veggies. I added garlic as well and it tasted great. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/10/2003
This was very good but a lot of work with many dirty dishes at the end. I would suggest adding additional barley and sprinkling fresh parmesan cheese on top when serving. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/25/2007
I wanted to like this soup I really did. Out of all the choices on this site I zeroed in on this one and wound up being really disappointed. Disappointed because of how labor intensive it was to make it. Because I'm not a big fan of thyme I reduced that amount but where's the flavor?? No other spices to rev this up past 1st gear. I added lots more soy sauce (reduced sodium of course) and had already sauteed garlic and portabello mushrooms along with the onions. Oh well... all my produce down the drain.:( Read More
(25)
Rating: 3 stars
08/13/2007
This seemed a little bland and I did not like the combination of potatoes and pasta together in one dish. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/10/2003
This is a good recipe- lots of chopping and prep is worth it I think and it's not very complicated! You might want to try adding a little garlic or garlic salt- after all it's hard to imagine potato soup without garlic! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2011
This soup was deeelicious! I served it a dinner party for 15 people and it was loved by both adults and kids. Just be aware that it takes a while to make. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2014
Excellent recipe - somewhere between creamy potato soup and minestrone. I decreased the cooking time for the pasta so it wouldn't get over done. I would recommend using butter instead of margarine. I also added 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1/2 tsp fennel seeds. The fennel made it really delicious. I will be making this on a regular basis from now on! Read More
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