Bean & Barley soup

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked barley along with the broth in Step 2.
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium fennel bulb, cored and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini or other white beans, rinsed
  • 1 14-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking barley
  • half package baby spinach
  • freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

Preparation

    1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, fennel, garlic, and basil; cook, stirring frequently, until tender and just beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes.DSC03753 (Copy) - Copy
    2. Mash 1/2 cup of the beans. DSC03757 (Copy) - Copy
    3. Stir the mashed and whole beans, tomatoes, broth and barley into the pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the barley is tender, about 15 minutes. DSC03759 (Copy)
    4. Stir in spinach and cook until wilted, about 1 minute. DSC03760 (Copy)
    5. Remove from the heat and stir in cheese and pepper.
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