Mushroom-Barley SoupThere’s nothing quite like a comforting bowl of soup especially during the cool weather season. Whether you’re counting calories or not, this delicious recipe from Weight Watcher’s “Simply the Best” cookbook is sure to “hit the spot”.

3/4 cup pearl barley
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 onions, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1-1/2 pounds mushrooms, sliced
4 cups low-sodium beef broth
3 carrots, sliced
2 tablespoons tomato paste (no salt added)
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Minced parsley

1. In a large saucepan, stir the barley and 4 cups water; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, until the barley is partially cooked, about 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, heat the oil. Add the onions and celery; cook, stirring as needed, until softened, 6-8 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring as needed, until the mushrooms begin to soften and release their liquid, about 5 minutes.

3. Add the broth, carrots, tomato paste and barley with it’s liquid; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, stirring as needed, until the barley and carrots are tender, about 30 minutes. Add the salt and pepper; serve, garnished with the parsley. Makes 6 servings.

Per Serving: 182 Calories, 3 grams Total Fat, 0 grams Saturated Fat, 0 mg. Cholesterol, 264 mg. Sodium, 32 grams Total Carbohydrate, 7 grams Dietary Fiber, 9 grams Protein, 42 mg. Calcium.

Serving Provides: 1 Bread, 3 Fruit/Vegetables, 1 Fat.

Points Per Serving: 2


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