Monday, November 26, 2012

Mother Souperior's Best Barley-Turkey and Barley Soup-Looneyspoons Cookbook

2 tsp. olive oil
1 lb. boneless skinless turkey breasts, cut into cubes (I used leftover turkey from Thanksgiving)
1 1/2 cups each chopped celery and peeled, chopped carrots
1 cup chopped onions
(I also added fresh, sliced mushrooms)
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. each dried thyme, dried sage and dried marjoram
4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 can (28 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
1/3 cup pearl barley (I used 1/2 cup quinoa)
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1/2 tsp. each salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat olive oil in large pot over medium-high heat.  Add turkey cubes and cook until lightly browned.  Reduce heat to medium.  Add celery, carrots, onions and garlic.  Cook and stir for 5 more minutes.  Stir in thyme, sage and marjoram.  Cook for 1 more minute.
Add all remaining ingredients.  Mix well.  Bring soup to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat to low.
Cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes, until tureky and barley are tender.  Serve hot.
This was such an easy soup to make and I was able to use up the rest of my leftover turkey.  I served this with multi-grain saltine crackers.          

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