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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Hearty Chicken Barley & White Bean Soup #Foodie Friday

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Hearty Chicken Barley & White Bean Soup: simplelivingeating.com


I am a lover of snow and winter sports, but I don't live in an area that has the resources allocated in our town's budgets for removing large amounts of snow.

Well, we had a snow storm on Monday.

We had a snow storm on Wednesday.

We are expecting a snow storm on Sunday.

This photo kinda sums up how I feel at this point.


http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/please-stop-praying-for-snow/d/story/MsE69MR9W0CmvJq9BXQ_TA


There is only one thing to eat when you have been digging your car out a snowbank created by the plower…SOUP.

Enjoy,
Diane

Hearty Chicken Barley & White Bean Soup: simplelivingeating.com

Hearty Chicken & White Bean Soup

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

preparation: 20 minutes                                   serves: 4 -6 

Ingredients:

1/4 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
1.5 pounds of chicken meat chopped if raw, shred if leftover
6 cups of chicken stock
1 leek chopped stalk and greens
1 fennel bulb chopped
4 carrots chopped
1 tablespoon of poultry seasoning
1 15 ounce can of Great Northern Beans
1/2 cup of pearl barley

Directions:

1) In a large sauce pan heat EVOO on medium high and sauté leeks, fennel, and carrots along with poutry seasoning and some salt and pepper.

2) Add barley to mix and then chicken stock. Bring it to a boil and add chicken.

3) Turn it down to a simmer when it isn't boiling any more add beans. Let simmer for at least 30 minutes. Simmer until the barley softens about 1 hour or if you have time shut off the burner and just let the soup sit for a few hours. The barley will soften after an hour or two.



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38 comments:

  1. Thanks for the party Diane.... I love using barley in soups also... and soup is on our menu at least once a week! Have a great weekend!!

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    1. Us too… soup is so balancing and warming in the winter. Good to see you Deb.

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  2. Thanks for hosting another fun party!

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    1. Was just over at your party.. looks good.

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  3. I totally agree with you Diane, soup IS in order and yours looks delish! Thanks so much for hosting!

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    1. Thanks Kari… I hope you are warm and not covered in snow and ice.

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  4. I'm with you, Diane - enough with the snow! lol. I love your soup and the features look delish too! Thanks for hosting and try to stay warm!

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    1. You are welcome Robyn… we had a little thaw and I felt like Spring was coming than wham we get 2 storms in a row.

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  5. Hi Diane,
    I just love the sign on the church, that is so funny. It is a soup day, in this bitter cold weather, and your soup looks awesome! Stay warm and cozy, thanks for the party!
    Miz Helen

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    1. I'm just curious what is bitter cold to you Texan lady? It's 6 degrees outside right now I would call that bitter. Good to see you Miz Helen. I love the church sign too.

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  6. Diane,
    I could go for a bowl of your soup. Great weather we're having, isn't it?
    Thanks for hosting the party.
    Annamaria

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    1. Looks like we won't be getting the super storm they were expecting for Sunday. My kids will still probably be off from school on Monday. Keep warm Annamaria.

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  7. Thanks so much for the party, Diane! Have a great Friday!

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    1. Your welcome Paula,
      What's the weather like in your part of the country. Haven't seen you in state in the news so I'm hoping you didn't get that ice storm that hit the South. Good to see you.

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  8. Thank you so much for featuring my Chicken Paprikash Diane. :) I have had enough with all of the snow and bitter cold this year...enough already!! Have a wonderful week, and try to stay warm!

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    1. Has your winter been snower and colder this year? We have been. Love your recipe will be pining and tweeting this week.

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  9. Healthy combo and looks fabulous! Thanks for the party..

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    1. Thanks so much… we need healthy after all the snow day treats my daughter has been baking. good to see you.

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  10. Thank you soooooo much for featuring my Eastern European Layer Cake with Strawberry Cream Filling
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    My husband would love(!) this soup!!
    Have a great weekend and thank you for another party

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    1. You are welcome Winnie. It is a really beautiful cake. Will be pinning and tweeting it this week.

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  11. Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend! :)

    Sandi @ A New York Foodie

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    1. Thanks for coming Sandi good to see you.

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  12. The weather has been brutal in your part of the world and I hope it lets up soon. Thanks for hosting and stay warm.
    Sam

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    1. Thanks Sam,
      I love winter fun but all I've been doing is shoveling this week. No fun. Glad you stopped by.

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  13. Lovely soup recipe, fantastic flavors! Thanks for hosting the party Diane!

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    1. You are welcome Ambreen thanks for coming.

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  14. Pinned your soup, Diane! Even though we're not digging out of snow, a hearty soup always sounds delish! Thanks so much for hosting!

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    1. Thanks for pinning Jamie. This is a good time of year for you. Not too hot?

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  15. This is going on our menu this week! We got a little snow this week, but we're supposed to have constant snow all through the weekend.

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    1. Soup will be good thing to have on the stove. Hope you don't get too much snow.. a little is fun with the kids.

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  16. I love barely soup any way I can get it. Thank you for hosting!

    Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits

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    1. Me too... barley is the best grain in soup. It thickens and doesn't turn to mush. Good to see you MIa.

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  17. This looks delicious! I would love to taste this with the fennel in it. Now I am so curious!!
    Thanks for linking up to Motivation Monday!

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    1. Fennel is a great idea. I will try that next time.

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  18. Hi Diane Just wanted to let you know I mentioned your soup recipe in my post today.

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    1. Thank you so much.. I really appreciate you including this soup.

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