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Minestrone Soup with Black Beans & Barley

A yummy vegetarian bean and barley soup with little fat.



  1. Chop onion, garlic, carrot, celery and green pepper into small pieces.
  2. Add to a large pot (set on medium-low) and let cook for about 10 minutes, stirring to keep vegetables from sticking.
  3. After about 10 minutes, add chopped green summer squash and tomatoes and continue cooking for about 10 minutes.
  4. Add chicken stock, 2 cups of water, black beans, and half the spices to vegetable mix and continue cooking (uncovered) for about 20-25 minutes (until the vegetables are tender).
  5. Add barley, remaining spices and remaining water and continue simmering for 10-15 minutes or until cooked to your liking!
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This is a great recipe. Try different beans if you don't like black beans. Resist the temptation to add noodles or meat, they are not needed and only add calories. The barley will keep you full all day. I'll say, the salt is needed, but if you cut that out, you can add soy sauce or hot sauce later to taste.
20 Apr 14 by member: BLAngel


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Nutrition summary:

There are 99 calories in 1 serving of Minestrone Soup with Black Beans & Barley.
Calorie break-down: 5% fat, 77% carbs, 17% protein.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 5
Calories 99
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 0.58g 1%
  Saturated Fat 0.135g 1%
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.246g  
  Monounsaturated Fat 0.122g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1200mg 50%
Potassium 411mg  
Total Carbohydrate 20.28g 7%
  Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
  Sugars 3.71g  
Protein 4.58g  
Vitamin A 534% Vitamin C 285%
Calcium 61% Iron 103%
of RDI*
(99 calories)
5% of RDI
Calorie Breakdown:
Carbohydrate (78%)
Fat (5%)
Protein (17%)
* Based on a RDI of 2000 calories