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Family Recipes // Kale & Barley Soup

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Now if I’m being honest, this soup is known in my family as “Grandma’s Green Soup.” But I didn’t think that would get very many people excited. So Kale & Barley soup it is. I feel like my Grandma always had a pot of soup on the stove. And this was one she was particularly always trying to get us to eat, I think because she knew greens were good for us. She never had to convince me, though — I loved this stuff and I still do. My Grandma is gone now, but I called my Dad up and he keeps this recipe right in is noggin. So he gave me the Dad version, and I’ve made it a little more specific for you here.

Psst — before you make the soup, be sure to check out our recipe for beer bread. It’s a great combo!

Grandma’s Green Soup

Ingredients

2 bunches kale
2 large potatoes
1 large onion
26 oz beef stock
3/4 c dry barley
1 lb linguica (or any meat you prefer)
2 T olive oil
1 clove garlic
salt and pepper to taste

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First, prep the ingredients that need cutting. Peel and cut potatoes into 1″ cubes. Coarsely chop onion. Tear kale into bite-sized shreds. Cut linguica into 1/4″ medallions. Finely chop garlic.

Toss all ingredients into a large pot. Add enough water to just cover the mixture. Put on high heat and bring to a boil, then reduce temperature to simmer for just about 2 hours. At 2 hours, test the potatoes and kale to see if you like the consistency. If they’re still a little hard, leave on a bit longer.

Take off the heat and serve! I really like mine with a bit of extra salt sprinkled on top and sometimes even a squeeze of lemon. I didn’t realize it until I made it, but this recipe is crazy easy! I think of cooking as something that tends to be a total pain, but my Grandma was onto something with this one — just toss it in and turn up the heat. And it’s especially delicious now that the weather is a little more crisp. Who doesn’t love a good soup in the fall? xoxo

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8 thoughts on “Family Recipes // Kale & Barley Soup

  1. I love recipes you’ve been sharing lately. I think even I would be able to make this one…I really have to learn to cook!

  2. The best recipes are always the ones passed down to you from your family. Thanks for sharing– I will definitely have to try this.

  3. I make this same soup. We like it in the winter time. What is left over then I put it in the freezer and reboil it to eat at a later date. I have also made it with watercress with the same ingredients. I almost like the watercress soup also with fresh french bread. Enjoy & stay warm.

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