Recipe: Red Lentil, Barley and Swiss Chard Soup

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It's one of those days.. ya know what I'm talking about? Where you are supposed to profess your love.

Let me profess mine: I love soup. (In case you're new here - I love soup.)

And many days, I love simple meals as well.

 

This came to me when I was trying to think of what to do with some pantry items. I usually have lentils and usually some barley as well. That's all fine and dandy but you need something else with those things to make a soup that could proudly be called a meal. 

Ahh yes.. the chard just waiting in my fridge. And chard, like many greens, does not wait long. Sometimes I find that the best dishes are made out of desperation. (Not the best decisions are made in the same way, mind you.)

 

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You could of course use kale or spinach instead. You know what you love and I'm sure you'll make it with that.  If you haven't really given chard much of a chance though I suggest you try it. It's very "earthy" and that melds perfectly with barley and lentils. 

So warm yourself up with a big bowl of soup today. It will pretty much cancel out all of that chocolate you're going to eat later! 

Recipe Notes...

*Use whatever kind of greens you like in this soup. Tender greens like spinach should be added in at the last minute.

*This makes a lot of soup but you can keep it in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze it and have some later!

Red Lentil, Barley and Swiss Chard Soup

serves about 10 -  1 cup servings

  • 2 quarts vegetable broth (8 cups)
  • 1 cup pearled barley (barley groats will take far longer to cook)
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • 6 cups chopped swiss chard (1 large bunch)
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste

 

Bring everything but the chard to a boil in a large pot over high heat. Once it is boiling turn the heat to low and put on the lid. Simmer for 35-40 minutes.

Add in the swiss chard and let simmer for about 5 minutes, or until slightly tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. (Your broth may be very salty or not at all so I am sure you will find the right balance yourself.)

Serve with warm crusty bread and maybe a fresh raw salad.

Nutritional information per serving : Serving size:  1 cup   

3 WWPointsPlus, 126 calories, 0.4g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 26.3g carbohydrates, 7g fiber, 2.9g sugar, 5.7g protein 

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