Simple Barley Soup

A friend of mine made this delicious barley soup when I lived in Seattle.  It can be seasoned with whatever flavors one likes. I happen to like thyme and cumin.

The ingredients are as follows:

6 cups water

1/4 cup medium barley

3 medium red potatoes

1 1/2 large onion

4 carrots

3 celery sticks

Salt to taste

Thyme to taste

Cumin to taste (not pictured)

Garlic to taste

Rinse the barley in cold water.

Put 8 cups water in a pot and boil.

Add the barley and simmer for about 45 minutes until the barley is cooked.

Coarsely chop the carrots, celery sticks and onion.

Put them in the pot with the barley and stir.

Add the garlic, thyme, salt and cumin — stir.

Chop the potatoes coarsely and add to the soup mixture.

Let the soup simmer for about an hour.

Taste and adjust the flavorings as needed.

Simple Barley Soup

Simple Barley Soup

This soup tastes especially good the following day.

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