Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Tomato Artichoke Soup

If you like tomato soup, you will love this little twist on the original.  This is a great soup for the whole family that will fill your belly and warm your soul, especially on a cold winter day :)  I have some guy friends who say that soup is not a main dish, but with this soup, it can qualify.  I added barley to it for some extra protein, fiber, and carbs! You could really add any grain you would like though.
 I absolutely love this soup and I hope you will too!  Just cook your barley as you are preparing the soup, and it should all be ready at the same time.  Don't be afraid of the barley because it's delicious!  It tastes similar to a big grain of brown rice.  You can find it in your grocery store usually by the rice.

Tomato Artichoke Soup with Barley
1/4 c. olive oil
1 lg. Onion, finely chopped
1 TBS. Minced garlic
1 tsp. Dried thyme or basil
15 oz. Can artichoke hearts, drained & coarsely chopped
28 oz. Can chopped tomatoes with juices
4 c. chicken broth
1 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Black pepper
1/2 c. sour cream or cream
1-2 c. barley

Boil 2 ½ c. water, then add 1 c. dry barley.  Bring to a boil again and then cover and reduce heat to low.  It usually takes around 45 minutes to cook. If you have pearled barley, that will only take about 30 minutes.  Try to buy regular barley though because it's a whole grain when it has the hull on. Cook until barley is soft. Drain any excess water.

In a large saucepan, heat olive oil and sauté the onion for 5 min. until soft.  Add the garlic and thyme and sauté another minute.  Add the artichoke hearts, tomatoes, chicken broth, salt & pepper.  Cover; simmer for 20 minutes. If you would like, you can use an immersion blender to make a smoother soup.  Do this before you add the barley.  Add the sour cream and barley, stir well and simmer for 5 more minutes.  Then taste for more seasoning. 
(Serves 8)


  1. I got your blog info from Nanette! All your recipes look awesome so far... keep them's a bit cold today...I think I'll be making your soup for din din tonight!

  2. Made this soup tonight and it was delicious! Here's a "healthy hint" i have for this recipe...I substituted fat free greek yogurt (lots of protein) instead of the sour cream...and it was pretty good! Thanks for posting!

  3. Kaden, I am so glad you liked the soup. My family really loves it. You are so right about the greek yogurt. I am glad you brought that up. It's always a great substitute for the sour cream or cream. Wonderful idea!

  4. Wishing you could bring some of this to school right now and eat lunch with me. Looks yummy.