Recipe: Barley Lentil Soup

by GettingFreedom on January 5, 2009

This one is a newbie for us. I was needing to use up some barley in my cabinet, and I came across a couple of different recipes, and I merged the two and made some of my own changes. It resulted in this:
Barley Lentil Soup
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 chopped onion (.25)
2 minced garlic cloves (pennies. I buy the big container of minced garlic for about $3, which is equivalent to over 200 cloves of garlic)
1 large chopped carrot (.25)
1 stalk chopped celery (.25)
1 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon marjoram
Salt and pepper
4 cups chicken broth (I make my own when cooking chicken, so free)
2 cups water
1 cup brown or green lentils (.50)
1/4 cup barley (.25)
1/4 cup parsley

In a soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté onion, garlic, carrot, celery, thyme, marjoram and pepper until onions are softened, about 5 minutes.
Add stock, water, lentils and barley to the pot and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until barley and lentils are tender, about 40 minutes.
Stir in chopped parsley before serving.

Total Cost: $1.50
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