2.27.2017

30 Minute Italian Sausage and Barley Soup (and Menu Plan 2.27.17)

This has been a rather un-fun week around here. My son is on the tail end of a lovely case of bronchitis and I was gifted with some sort of sinus infection. Bleh. So! Since everyday life was rather boring this week (other than another fun bout of snow today - but I think I've exhausted the snow pictures here) I figured I would share a recipe I threw together recently that turned out RULL GOOD. 
I have tried a few sausage and barley soup recipes over the last couple of months, but none were quite what I wanted - one without mushrooms, but with tomatoes, and using quick cooking barley. So I made my own!

30 Minute Italian Sausage and Barley Soup
Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound Italian Turkey Sausage
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • half a red bell pepper, or roasted red pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 4oz fresh spinach leaves
  • 32 oz box of chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup quick cook pearl barley (Trader Joes makes a great one, but I've seen a Quaker version at my local Safeway)
  • salt, pepper and crushed red pepper to taste
Directions:
Heat olive oil in a large pot, preferably cast iron, over medium heat and add sausage. Break up sausage until browned, add diced onion, carrot and bell pepper and saute until soft - about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper and cook for one minute. Add tomatoes and chicken stock to the pot, turn heat to high and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add quick cook barley and reduce to a simmer. Cook according to package directions (usually 10-15 minutes). Stir in spinach leaves once barley has cooked and serve with a sprinkling of fresh Parmesan cheese!

This week:
As always, I'm linking up with Org Junkie, and now Beth Fish Reads weekend cooking - be sure to check out all the great weekly food inspiration!

5 comments:

  1. YUM! This sounds (and looks!) amazing and right up our alley; you can bet this will be on my meal plan for next week. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, Andrea!

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    1. Awesome! Let me know how it goes!

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  2. These all sound good! We must have similar taste. I may have to steal this entire meal plan! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Steal away, lady! That's what it's here for :)

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  3. That soup looks great -- I love barley. I love short ribs, so I'm going to click through to that recipe.

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