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Spinach & Barley Soup with Fried Sage

A warm, invigorating soup for increasingly crisp fall evenings. The lemon juice is essential to the success of this recipe as it lightens the heaviness of the barley and the chickpeas. The final addition of fried sage leaves pleases both the palate and the eye.

Spinach & Barley Soup with Fried Sage
Serves 4-6

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
5 large sage leaves, chopped
1 cup pearl barley
14 oz can organic garbanzo beans
14 oz can organic diced tomatoes
8 cups spinach, washed and chopped
6 1/2 cups homemade vegetable stock
fine-grain sea salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
juice from 1-2 lemons, to taste

Garnishes
parmesan cheese
3-4 whole fresh sage leaves per person
olive oil, for frying

1.) Heat oil in a large soup pot or Dutch Oven over medium heat. Once very hot, add onion and a pinch of salt and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and sage and cook for 8 minutes more. Add barley and cook for 1-2 mintues.

2.) Add beans and tomatoes and give everything a good stir. Add spinach, in batches if the volume is too great, and cook until wilted. Add stock, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Check to make sure barley is cooked through (it should still retain some bit), taste for salt and pepper and season to taste.

3.) While soup is simmering, heat a glug of olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add sage leaves and fry until crisp. Set aside on paper towels to drain.

4.) To serve, stir in red wine vinegar. Season to taste with lemon juice. Ladle soup into bowls, coat generously with shaved parmesan, adorn with sage leaves, and serve.

Restorative Sweet Potato & Greens Soup with Ginger

Sweet Potato & Greens Soup with Ginger

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1/2 purple saluda onion (if you can’t find one, substitute more yellow onion), chopped
2 teaspoons fine grain sea salt
3 cloves garlic, chopped
splash of dry red wine
1 large sweet potato, finely diced
5 green onions, light green and white parts only, chopped
1 bunch of fresh spinach (about 9 oz), roughly chopped
1/2 bunch red kale (about 8 oz), roughly chopped
3 tablespoons ginger, chopped
2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
freshly ground black pepper
wedge of lemon

1.) In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium low heat. Add onions and 1 teaspoon of salt, stir, and reduce heat to low. Slowly cook for 30 minutes to an hour; until fragrant and caramelized, adding garlic about halfway though.

2.) Meanwhile, heat 4 cups of water, sweet potato, spinach, kale, green onions, the remaining 1 teaspoon of salt, and ginger in a large soup pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Add vegetable broth and warm through.

3.) Once onion is caramelized and the greens are done cooking, deglaze the Dutch Oven with a splash of red wine. Then, dump the pots of greens and all of the liquid into the Dutch Oven. Heat through and season with freshly ground black pepper and more salt, if necessary. Serve with a chunk of good, crusty whole wheat bread, a sprinkling of parmesan, and a wedge of lemon.

This recipe was adapted from Love Soup by Anna Thomas. Published by W. W. Norton & Company; September 2009.