Mixed vegetable soup with barley

Prep time 15 min cook time 30 min serves 6 - 8

This soup is packed full of vegetables and barley so it will certainly fill kids up! If they prefer a smooth soup, then blitz with a hand blender. For a meal option, try adding some diced cooked chicken and warm through. This soup freezes well.

Typical nutritional content (per portion)

65Calories 2.6gFat 0.3gSaturates 0.1gSalt 4.5gSugars

Ingredients

50g (2oz) pearl barley

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large onion, diced

2 carrots, diced

2 celery sticks, diced

1 leek, diced

Pinch of dried thyme or 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped

1.2 litres (2 pints) reduced salt chicken or vegetable stock

Freshly ground black pepper

Method

Place the pearl barley in a sieve and rinse well under cold running water.

Heat the olive oil in a pan over a medium heat and stir in the onion, carrots, celery, leek and thyme and cook for 5 minutes, until the vegetables are softened but not coloured.

Pour the stock into the vegetable mixture, add the barley and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, until the vegetables and barley are completely tender but still holding their shape. Season to taste with the pepper.

Ladle into bowls to serve.

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