Donna's Lentil Barley Soup

Published On: Oct 29 2012 02:40:43 PM CDT

What a great soup! It is full of flavor with a mixture of textures and good nutrition.

In a large saucepan or soup pot, heat oil. Add onion and cook until translucent. Add celery and cook until tender. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add broth, tomatoes, lentils, barley, Italian seasoning, and thyme. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover pan and continue to boil gently for 35 - 45 minutes or until lentils and barley are tender.

In a small skillet, remove sausage from casing and cook over medium-hot heat until brown. Stir to crumble as it cooks. Add sausage and carrots to the soup pot. Cook another 10 minutes or until carrots are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add hot sauce to taste.

If soup is too thick, add additional broth or water to thin to desired consistency.

Makes 10 cups

Serves 6

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