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
  • 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
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!

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  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!

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

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

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

  4. A very Great and interesting post. Thanks for sharing Your Awesome Recipe with us. You explain it Very Well, I just Love it to try your Recipe. Sounds very Delicious and tasty. Once again thanks for sharing with us. :) 😃