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Barley Soup with Ham

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Category: Soups

 Ingredients List

  • 3 tb Vegetable oil
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 Carrots, diced
  • 2 Ribs celery, diced
  • 3/4 c Pearl barley
  • 6 c Chicken broth
  • 1 sm Imported bay leaf
  • 1/4 ts Ground allspice
  • 1/2 c Diced smoked ham
  • 3 tb Unsalted butter
  • 1/3 lb Fresh mushrooms, trimmed and
  • -chopped
  • 3 ts Lemon juice
  • 1 tb Fresh parsley leaves, minced


Put the oil and onion in a soup kettle, set over low heat, and cook until
the onions are softened, about 5 minutes. Raise heat to medium, stir in the
garlic and carrots, and stir-cook for one minute. Add the celery and
stir-cok for a minute. Add the barley, broth, bay leaf, and allspice.
Bring to the boil, skimming the top of the soup as necessary. Simmer,
covered, for about one hour, or until the barley is tender. (The soup may
be prepared in advance to this point.)

Stir the ham into the piping hot soup and let simmer while you prepare the
mushrooms. Heat the butter in a small skillet, add the mushrooms and lemon
juice, and stir-cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the parsley. Add the
mushroom mixture to the soup and simmer for 5 minutes longer. Discard the
bay leaf. Season the soup with salt and freshly- ground pepper to taste.
Ladle into warmed bowls and serve immediately.

Makes 5 servings.

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