A split-pea puree is extra nutritious (and extra green) thanks to baby spinach. The swirl of plain yogurt brings brightness, and a sprinkle of barley gives the make-ahead soup another healthy boost—it contains the soluble fiber beta-glucan, which has been found to do wonders to lower bad cholesterol.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium. Add leeks, carrots, and celery; cook, stirring, until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Add broth and peas; bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook, partially covered, until peas are creamy, 50 to 55 minutes. Stir in spinach; cook until just wilted, about 5 minutes. Let cool slightly.

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  • Working in batches, puree soup in a blender until smooth. Return to pot; season with salt and pepper. (If too thick, add water, 1 tablespoon at a time.) Ladle soup into bowls, drizzle with yogurt and oil, top with barley, and serve.

Cook's Notes

When buying barley, look for hulled or hull-less varieties over pearl. The former take longer to cook, but they pack more fiber because their outer layers are intact.

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