A wonderfully hearty soup, which is perfect for the cold winter months. Sausagemeat, spinach and barley are cooked in a seasoned chicken stock in a slow cooker. Serve with crusty bread, if desired.
This soup can also be cooked on the hob.
Wonderful soup! Hit the spot on a cold Winter's day! Immediately upon reading this recipe, I knew I had to use more of some of the ingredients ~ I used three carrots, 1/2 cup barley, three cloves of garlic and a tad more Italian seasoning. I also used hot Italian sausage. I might take the advice of other reviewers and add a can of diced tomatoes next time too! Another thing...this feeds way more the four people it says. My large crockpot was overflowing! That's not a problem, though, because now I have some for the freezer! - 08 Jan 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This is my new FAVORITE soup! I used hot sausage and it was amazingly good. Doubled up on the seasoning and garlic and used one bag of baby carrots. AWESOME! - 09 May 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This is a really good and hearty soup. I used 8 c of chicken broth, 3 carrots (per other reviewers) and doubled the amount of barley, since I'm a huge barley fan. I cooked the soup in the crock pot for 8 hours (overnight) and then put in the fridge to later be heated up when I got home from work. I think it really let the flavors marry. Maybe next time I will try making this with hot Italian sausage (use bulk; easier to cook) and will keep the sausage in bigger pieces. I will definitely be making this one again! - 19 Feb 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)