Ahh soup….one of the best things about winter! I ended up with the weekend off, whoo hooo! so I decided to make a batch of soup on Saturday. I love the way the house smells when you spend the day cooking.
I got up early, cleaned the house, then showered and hit the grocery store. The parking lots are still a mess, there is about half the normal parking spaces, this snow can’t melt fast enough for me. Anyway, I had a full cart, it seemed we were out of all of the basics this week. When I got home, I started prepping the soup while the hubby went to a friends to watch the Senior Bowl (poor guy, it was the only game in town this weekend, literally!)
I loaded the soup up with a ton of veggies, carrots, onions, celery, mushrooms, and garlic, then added the barley. I threw in some fresh thyme, two bay leaves and deglazed the pan with some marsala wine. Once the wine cooked out, I added the diced, browned chicken to the pot, along with two cartons of stock. I brought the entire thing to a boil, turned it down to a simmer, partially covered it with a lid and let it cook for a few hours. We had a lovely dinner of chicken and barley soup with toast. Perfect wintery dinner in our house. Thankfully it made a ton so I will have soup to take with me for lunches this week, whoo hoo!