Lentil-Barley Soup

  • sharonn Posted: 12/12/10
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    I am preparing to make this a second time. It is a good, hearty soup, perfect for a cold winter's day. I didn't bother to put it in the blender and it was a hit. I will double the recipe this time.

  • JLMCooks Posted: 10/25/10
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    I made this last night and doubled the recipe. I did add more broth and a tad more salt. I used my immersion blender and blended a portion of it in the pot. I felt like it was missing something, so I squeezed in some tomato paste. We loved the combination of vegetables. It didn't look like the picture (thick not brothy), but it is a good recipe that I'll definitely make again.

  • CherylR1954 Posted: 01/02/11
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    This recipe is underrated. It is the legume-based soup that I've been looking for. I made the soup exactly as printed with one exception. The fresh dill I had brought back from the market was just plain nasty when I opened the package, and so I eyeballed what I thought was an equivalent amount of dried dill. Note that I use very fresh spices and herbs bought in small quantities from Penzy's. I used freshly ground pepper, and the herbs held up well. They were in the bottom of the bowl when I finished. Perfect dinner. Perfect first course in smaller proportions. I could taste the parsnips and all of the ingredients. I think that it rocked.

  • SamanthaN Posted: 12/09/10
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    I don't like the rating system on this site because if something's not "worthy of a special occasion," it's 3 or under. But I made this soup tonight, and it's delicious! It's hearty and thick, which I like. I doubled the recipe, used chicken stock, and played around with the herbs because I didn't have everything on hand (no fresh dill, no bay leaves), but it still turned out wonderfully. Great meal!

  • StephMerrifield Posted: 12/12/10
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    In our house, anything that gets three stars is a "don't make again, but we will finish these leftovers". Also we used green lentils so the broth turned a green tint. Soup didn't have a lot of taste except tasted like healthy diet soup. We love lots of other soups from cooking light because they have great flavor and lots of veggies, but just not this one.

  • bksoper Posted: 10/24/10
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    I really liked this recipe. It was my first time ever eating parsnips and barley and I liked both. The only changes I made were: used chicken stock instead of veggie stock and increased salt to 1 tsp. I found that it only made 3 servings and turned out more like a stew rather than a soup (not brothy at all, which may be why it didn't make 4 servings). Overall very tasty and healthy and I'll make it again!

  • sandy58 Posted: 11/06/10
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    bland, sounds great but didn't taste great. not sure what you would do to "fix" it.

  • kelgor Posted: 10/28/10
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    Would benefit from some acid to brighten the flavors. Next time I'll leave out the dill and try some cider or sherry vinegar.

  • nogasa50 Posted: 02/28/11
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    I really liked it. I added more broth because I always like to add either spinach or swiss chard.

  • Ltoeat Posted: 10/22/10
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    I did not like the flavor that much, something with the beer and dill that I just don't love. It is a creamy super healthy soup. Will look for other recipes with barley and lentil.

  • CAgirlinIA Posted: 11/07/10
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    Like other reviewers, I saw the photo and said "wow, that looks good and I have everything on hand but the dill." I was disappointed. It tasted good but was way too thick - I added some canned tomatoes as an afterthought. It DOES have potential though, it IS healthy with some great ingredients and I WILL make it again. BUT I'll chop the vegetables more coarsely, use twice as much broth and probably forego the pureeing - perhaps I'll even go get some dill.

  • dcravens Posted: 10/24/10
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    I really enjoyed this soup. It was flavorful and hearty enough to make a meal.

  • d1johnson Posted: 01/11/11
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    I agree that this recipe was really bland if you follow it directly, but I added extra salt, 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and used a turnip instead of a parsnip and it was AWESOME! Just those few changes made it a really yummy dinner for a vegan friend's birthday. Highly recommended.

  • sharsd Posted: 12/08/10
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    This soup was pretty easy to put together and smelled delicious. I was worried because I read the reviews after I had already purchased the ingredients so I figured I'd make anyway and hope for the best. The soup is healthy and full of ingredients that I love so I couldn't figure out what was missing. Definitely needs more salt but other than that still missing a kick.

  • Stellanell Posted: 02/01/11
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    My favorite lentil soup recipe. The flavor is deep and rich--probably due to the beer.

  • chefbille Posted: 04/10/11
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    This was excellent. I made some tweaks, though: I substituted potato for parsnip; I also added a smoked ham hock (left over from another CL soup recipe) at the step when you add the vegetables. I also added cubed cooked ham with the lentils. The ham/ham hock added a wonderful smokiness to the dish. I served it with salad and crusty bread. Delicious!

  • TMahar Posted: 01/15/12
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    I liked this with some modifications. I added kielbasa and liked the meatiness and oiliness it added to the veggies. I added some chopped parsley and kale to the mx, a dash of Worcester sauce and some hot sauce to punch it up a bit. A good kitchen sink to use what you have in the fridge and stay healthy. I did not have beer so I used a bit of white wine for the leeks, could also have used some sherry I think.

  • teacooking Posted: 01/14/12
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    I doubled the recipe and only made a few minor changes - potatoes for parsnips and Penzeys fox point seasoning for fresh dill. It didn't look like the picture on the website, but it tasted really yummy. I topped it with some grated Parmesan cheese for some extra flavor. Great vegetarian option! Will definitely be making it again. Not worthy of a special occasion, but a keeper to add into the soup rotation in my house.

  • twentiethave Posted: 01/18/12
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    Wow! This is one of my favorite soup recipes. I do puree half of it and add some paresan rinds to round out the flavor. It's also wonderful topped with parmesan cheese. I 've taken it to several occasions and everyone just loves it!

  • Ankeneyr Posted: 09/29/13
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    I LOVE this soup and can't stand to see it get an average of only 3 stars. Fresh herbs are essential to the flavor. I appreciate the feedback that topping it with Parmesan is good, I never would have thought of that. But honestly it doesn't even need it. Just keep it healthy (and vegan!) and delicious!!!

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