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<p>how do you make it? I have pearled barely, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, mushrooms and stewed tomatos and I am thinking this would make a good soup just not sure about the barely part...do I need to precook that or do you think i can just throw everything in the pot and cook for about an hour or so?</p>
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<p>I just made a soup similar to this this week.  </p>
<p>Depends on what type of barley.  You can soak it before a few hours or overnight then cook.  Or you can cook it at least 40 minutes in the soup.  I would add some broth and spices to make it more flavorful and some beans.  Can you toss in some spinach or cabbage?  </p>
 

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<p>Saute the veggies in olive oil first, it'll improve the flavor a lot.  I also use V8 or another veg juice as the base for the soup, cut with water.  Check the package on the barley.  I would cook it in the soup either way, but there is instant which only takes about 20 min to cook vs an hour or so for regular.</p>
 
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