Saturday, December 3, 2011

Warm up with a bowl of Vegetable Turkey & Barley Soup

IT'S HERE    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                        SNOW   !!!

Yes, I know I'm crazy... but I do just adore it! Coming down so softly today without wind or ice... just beautiful big flakes!

I probably rushed out too soon to take my pictures... I should've waited til all 2-3 inches were on the ground... oh well! :) I couldn't wait!

So, to help you warm up today I have a great soup recipe with kind of a "tongue twister name". 

Vegetable Turkey & Barley Soup  (this soup originally was Veg Beef Barley soup... so you can easily make it with ground beef. Ground turkey was cheaper in the store and I love it. It tasted great!)

By: Iowa Girl Eats  (My favorite blogger, if you haven't learned)

1lb ground turkey
1 small onion, processed or chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 bag baby carrots, processed or chopped
3 ribs celery, processed or chopped
2-14.5oz can petite diced tomatoes
2-14.5oz can cut green beans, drained
58oz beef broth, divided (4-14.5oz cans)*
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 bay leaf
3/4 cup barley
salt & pepper
Worcestershire sauce

1. Heat a large soup pot over medium high heat. Add ground turkey, onion and garlic, and season with salt & pepper. Cook until turkey is no longer pink. Add carrots and celery and continue to cook under carrots are tender, about 3-4 more minutes.

2. Add in tomatoes, green beans, beef broth, basil, bay leaf and barley. Season with more salt and pepper. Bring soup to a boil then place a lid on top, lower the heat, and simmer for 60 minutes, or until the barley is tender.

3. Add a couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce and season with more salt & pepper to taste before serving.

*If you reheat soup for left overs, you may need to add more beef broth... the barley soaks it all up! :)

Tasty! Go grab a bowl!

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