Sausage and Barley Soup

Photo: Oxmoor House
Fresh, delicate baby spinach doesn't hold up to hours of cooking, so it is added at the last minute. Pureeing the vegetables allows you to drastically cut cooking time while maintaining all the rich flavors of the vegetables.

Prep: 5 minutes; Cook: 18 minutes

Yield:

4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

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Recipe Time

Prep: 5 Minutes
Cook: 18 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 145
Caloriesfromfat 24 %
Fat 4 g
Satfat 1.5 g
Monofat 1.2 g
Polyfat 0.5 g
Protein 9.9 g
Carbohydrate 17.9 g
Fiber 2.6 g
Cholesterol 33 mg
Iron 1.6 mg
Sodium 493 mg
Calcium 53 mg

Ingredients

Cooking spray
6 ounces turkey breakfast sausage
2 1/2 cups frozen bell pepper stir-fry (such as Birds Eye)
2 cups water
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained and chopped
1/4 cup uncooked quick-cooking barley
1 cup coarsely chopped fresh baby spinach

Preparation

1. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sausage; cook 3 minutes or until browned. Remove from heat.

2. While sausage cooks, place stir-fry and 2 cups water in a blender; process until smooth. Add stir-fry puree, tomatoes, and barley to sausage in pan. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat; cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in spinach; cook 1 minute or until spinach wilts.

Note:

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April 2009