Friday, September 9, 2011

Chicken + Barley Soup

::This recipe could easily be made Vegetarian::

Olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 lb chicken breast, cut into small chunks

Salt + Pepper
1/2 teas. white pepper
1 teas. thyme
1 teas. parsley
1 teas. rosemary
dash of cayenne pepper/red pepper flakes
bay leaf
6 cups vegetable broth

2 bell peppers, chopped
1.5 cups barley (not quick cook)
1.5 cups frozen spinach

Heat oil in 6 qt. (or bigger) stockpot/saucepan.  Saute onion 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and saute another minute or so.  Add chicken and quickly brown all sides.  Add rest of ingredients except spinach.  Bring soup to a boil.  Then, lower temperature and let soup simmer 45-50 minutes.  In last five minutes, add spinach.  Remove bay leaf.

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