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Savory Lentil Barley Soup

 Savory Lentil Barley Soup
"I get frequent requests from my family for this thick, full-flavored soup in the winter," reports Myrtle Brandt of Morris, Manitoba, "especially on -35° days, which are not uncommon here!"
12 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour 5 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 package (1.7 ounces) vegetable soup mix
  • 3/4 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 3/4 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Swiss cheese, optional

Directions

  • In a soup kettle or Dutch oven, saute onion, celery and garlic in
  • butter until tender. Add water, tomatoes, soup mix, lentils, barley
  • and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45
  • minutes or until lentils and barley are tender. Add carrots; simmer
  • 20-25 minutes longer or until the carrots are tender. Garnish with
  • cheese if desired. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).
Nutritional Facts:Nutritional Analysis: One 1-cup serving (prepared without cheese) equals 125 calories, 405 mg sodium, trace cholesterol, 23 gm carbohydrate, 5 gm protein, 1 gm fat. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.