Warm up with a bowl of soup that's brimming with healthy grains and bright vegetables.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high. Add carrots, celery, and onion. Cook until just tender, about 8 minutes. Add chicken, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring, until chicken is opaque at edges, about 2 minutes.

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  • Add broth and thyme and bring to a boil. Stir in barley. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until barley is tender and chicken is cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.

  • Add spinach and cook until wilted, 1 minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

Cook's Notes

Quick-cooking barley has been hulled, steamed, and then dried, so it will become soft and plump in 10 minutes as it simmers in broth with chicken and aromatics.

Reviews (9)

245 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 68
  • 4 star values: 75
  • 3 star values: 71
  • 2 star values: 28
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2014
OMG! This is so good! The only thing I did different was add kale instead of the spinach because that's what I had in the fridge. Super good, hardy, and my house smells incredible! This is a keeper for sure!
Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2012
So good. The spinach makes it extra special. If you don't have barley, brown rice works great too!
Rating: Unrated
09/13/2012
Me and my family love this soup.It is a mainstay for us.
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2012
This is a very satisfying soup and a great way to use up spinach. Have made it several times.
Rating: Unrated
10/22/2011
The spinach makes this soup phenomenal. I saw it last week on the show and just made my third batch today since I'm having my adult kids for dinner.
Rating: Unrated
10/07/2011
loved this soup. quick and easy and fantastic flavor.
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Rating: Unrated
10/07/2011
I watched them make this soup, it looked so easy I had to try. Loved it! Taste great and was easy to make.
Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2011
Easy, delicious. I could not find quick-cook barley, so I used regular barley and cooked it separately, then added it close to the end of cooking. Next time I think I will omit the thyme.
Rating: Unrated
10/05/2011
This was a very satisfying and delicious recipe.