Winter Minestrone with Barley

For my birthday last fall, I received a subscription to the British Country Living magazine. I just got the March magazine in the mail a couple of days ago and found the cooking section on grains really good. When we woke up yesterday to gobs and gobs of snow on the ground, I knew it was a good day for soup. Hopefully soon the weather will turn and we might even look forward to a chilly day with a steaming hot bowl of soup. So, I gathered up the ingredients for the winter minestrone with barley. It is chock full of lots of different kinds of veg, and beans and barley, and it is delicious. Apart from grating parmesan on at the end, there is no meat, or dairy, so it is perfect for vegetarians and vegans too. It only took about an hour to make, so it’s pretty easy to throw together even if you’ve been out all day, and boy is it worth it. Can you believe this is the first time I’ve ever cooked a turnip? I’m sure I’ve eaten them when I was a kid and we lived in the UK, but I have never cooked with them. I think they are so pretty and they are really mild. When the soup was done, nobody could tell the difference between them and the potatoes. Even the babe, who has been having a bit of a picky streak, chowed down on the soup, which is high praise indeed. This will definitely be in our winter soup repertoire. What is your favourite soup on a cold winter’s day?

food • Thursday, March 25th, 2010 • 10 Comments »
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10 Responses to “Winter Minestrone with Barley”

  1. That photo looks beautiful…yum! My favorite soup would have to be a hearty veggie chili on a cold snowy day…which hopefully won’t happen again until late fall!

  2. Cornflower says:

    I have the magazine so I must try that recipe and the one for five-grain focaccia that’s alongside it. Thankyou for the prompt, Jennifer!

  3. Petit Filoux says:

    Sweet potato and butternut squash! Or even roasted butternut squash on its own is pretty divine!

  4. Erin says:

    I LOVE British Country Living. It is my favorite magazine. How I wish the hubs would get me a subscription! The soup sounds wonderful.

  5. Oh, I have just been to the Country Living fair today!! Nearly took out a subscription to the magazine. Spring is arriving here, hope it gets to you soon. xx

  6. Sandie says:

    My current favourite soup is one from Sainsbury’s Finest Range (tried to make a similar one but theirs is delicious). It’s Spicy Moroccan Soup with chicken and raz el hanout spice mixture….

  7. Anna, Sydney says:

    Oh my… that photo just rocked my day! I make this cauliflower soup with smoked salmon that I love. Oh, and then there’s the broccoli soup. And then, of course, the rockin’ veggie soup that requires a whole lot of bread on the side to soak up every last drop on the plate (worcestershire is the secret ingredient).

  8. That photo and your words are making me hungry! I am always looking for more veg soups, can never get enough!

  9. AG Ambroult says:

    what a great picture that is! The photo alone is enough to make my mouth water. 😉

  10. I agree, that photograph is so good that it makes me want to go to the grocery store right this minute and buy the ingredients myself! I love a good minestrone soup, and do not have a good recipe, so I’ll have to give this a try. My own winter favorite (which we had today) I call Taco Soup … it’s basically cans of beans (rinsed, all except the chili beans) …. chili, black, pinto, garbanzo, light and dark red kidney beans, a quart of water, two quarts of canned tomatoes, two 15 oz. cans of tomatoes with green chilis, a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix and two packets of taco seasoning. Sometimes I add home frozen white corn. Once it’s warmed through (or when the corn is cooked) it is ready. We serve it with cheese and sour cream and fried cornbread on the side … yum! Soup rocks.

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