I LOVE soup! This is one of my favorites. It has lots of vegetables and is full of flavor. I usually throw in some chopped cabbage. To make this a vegetarian recipe, use vegetable broth for the chicken broth.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the onions, celery, carrots, garlic and oil and saute for 5 to 10 minutes, or until all vegetables are almost tender.

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  • Then add the water, fresh tomatoes, canned tomatoes, chicken broth, barley and ground black pepper.

  • Stir thoroughly and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 35 to 40 minutes, or until barley is tender.

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Nutrition Facts

128.9 calories; 4.6 g protein; 15.3 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 455.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2008
Excellent recipe as written... and if I may. To the reviewer who said it was too tomato-y... Isn't it Tomato the first name of the recipe???? And to all of those alter the recipe and then give less than 5 stars... Please stop. Write your own recipe, submit it for approval, and then let the public decide. How you can make a recipe your own, then rate the original recipe is beyond me. Please stop it. Rate the recipe as written or give it 5 stars if you alter it. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/31/2010
This was really good. I did up the barley to 1/2 a cup. It was a very satisfying soup. I usually like more complex flavours in a soup but this was simple in a good way- BUT I may try to jazz it up in the future because I felt it needed a little something. Tip: When I was chopping the vegetables I ended up with a lot more celery than the other veg but I decided to throw them in anyways. You could definitely taste the flavour imbalance there was too much celery so don't do what I did! Read More
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258 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 158
  • 4 star values: 70
  • 3 star values: 26
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2008
Excellent recipe as written... and if I may. To the reviewer who said it was too tomato-y... Isn't it Tomato the first name of the recipe???? And to all of those alter the recipe and then give less than 5 stars... Please stop. Write your own recipe, submit it for approval, and then let the public decide. How you can make a recipe your own, then rate the original recipe is beyond me. Please stop it. Rate the recipe as written or give it 5 stars if you alter it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2007
Some times I consider making a different soup, but then I remember how consistently satisfied I am after eating a bowl (even 4 times a week), so it keeps me coming back to this one. Note: I usually soak the barley in a bowl of water while chopping and sauteeing vegetables to help it cook a bit faster. This is a great recipe to bring for a winter potluck at a chilly house. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2008
A great base recipe that you can adjust to your own preference.I agreed that it needed more seasonning. i omitted the oil and sauteed with a bit of cooking spray, then added grated zucchini, green beans, a can of tomato paste, basil, parsley, bay leaf and a touch of Mrs Dash. It turned into almost a cream based soup but really low in calories. A great healthy soup that seems decadent. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2008
This soup has a wonderful mellow flavor! Prior to adding the barley I pureed half the soup as my family doesn't care for vegetable "chunks". I also made a quadruple batch of this for a Soup Supper at church. It was a big hit. Thanks! More info 10/08: Can't tell you how many times I've made this soup and always always get positive comments from young and old alike from simple and sophisicated palates. My advice: don't add any extra flavors such as basil. Resist the temptation! I also thought it would be good and luckily just modified a small amount of the pot. The results made for a different soup entirely. The only thing that I've changed is to omit the water and substitute all chicken broth (low sodium is best) I do agree that drastically changing the recipe makes it hard to rate what is written for the original however I often find it helpful to read what others have tried and sometimes substituted in a pinch. In my opinion please keep sharing. That's part of why I come to allrecipes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2006
Very good flavor. However it produces a very brothy soup so if you're looking for something a bit more hearty omit the water altogether and put 2 cups of the cooked soup in the blender puree it and add it back... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2008
I made this with alot of changes to our tastes and it was AWESOME!!! Here is what I did I used all chicken stock (big can) 1 onion 3 cloves garlic 3 stalks celery 2 carrots 2 chopped tomatoes 1 can tomato 15oz sauce 1/2 cup barley I will forever be making this...... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2007
This was excellent, although I did make some changes. I used 1 full cup of barley and instead of water and chicken broth, I used two 14.5oz cans of vegetable broth, added a can of stewed tomatoes, a can of cannelini beans and some shredded red cabbage! YUM Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/27/2007
Very nice soup. I made it exactly as written although I agree it could have used more barley - perhaps 1/3 cup. Very nice colour to the soup. The smell was wonderful while cooking. I'm at home with two sick children and the whole house smelled of "comfort". I'll definitely be enjoying this for lunch. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/18/2008
I added 2 cans of chicken broth ellbow macaroni and a can of diced Mexican tomatoes. It was delicious Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/31/2010
This was really good. I did up the barley to 1/2 a cup. It was a very satisfying soup. I usually like more complex flavours in a soup but this was simple in a good way- BUT I may try to jazz it up in the future because I felt it needed a little something. Tip: When I was chopping the vegetables I ended up with a lot more celery than the other veg but I decided to throw them in anyways. You could definitely taste the flavour imbalance there was too much celery so don't do what I did! Read More
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