Meatball and Barley Soup

Meatball and Barley Soup

Meatball and Barley Soup

This recipe, Meatball and Barley Soup, its October 4, 2015…and it is COLD outside.  I think that it is time for SOUP.  Try this soup…it has barley, cannellini beans, escarole and ground pork…and other ingredients.


Meatball and Barley Soup Recipe


Meatball and Barley Soup

1 Tbsp. olive oil

2 medium carrots, peeled and diced

2 ribs celery, diced

1 cup diced onion

1 cloves garlic, finely diced

6 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1 ¼ cups barley

1 lb. ground pork

¾ cup shredded Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish

2 Tbsp. fresh chopped parsley

1 ½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. pepper

1 (15 ½ oz.) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

8 cups roughly chopped escarole (first, wash well)


In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat.  Add carrots, celery and onion; cook 10 minutes.  Stir in garlic and cook 2 minutes.  Add broth, 2 cups water and barley.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix together ground pork, ¼ cup Parmesan, and the parsley, ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.  Roll into 30 meatballs, about 1 tablespoon each.

Drop meatballs into soup.  Stir in beans.  Return to a simmer and cook 5 minutes.  Stir in escarole and remaining ½ cup Parmesan, 1 ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.  Ladle into bowls and garnish with grated Parmesan, if desired.


(Recipe for Meatball and Barley Soup, 2015)