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Hearty barley, sausage and vegetable soup

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Warm up the family with this Hearty Barley, Sausage and Vegetable Soup recipe. Flavourful, filling and quick to prep, it’s perfect as a midweek dinner option.

  • Serves4
  • Cook time40 minutes
  • Prep time15 minutes
Hearty Barley, Sausage and Vegetable Soup


  • 2 Coles Pork Sausages
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled, finely chopped
  • 1 small fennel bulb, finely chopped, fronds reserved
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 swede, peeled, finely chopped
  • ½ cup (100g) pearl barley
  • 4 cups (1L) salt-reduced chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 4 slices Coles Bakery Stone Baked Ciabatta Loaf*
  • 1 garlic clove, extra, halved lengthways

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  1. Step 1

    Remove and discard the casings from the sausages. Heat 2 tsp of the oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break into lumps, for 5 mins or until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a plate.
  2. Step 2

    Add the onion, carrot and fennel to the pan and cook, stirring, for 5 mins or until onion softens. Add the crushed garlic and swede and stir to combine. Add the barley, stock, tomato paste and sausage. Bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 mins or until barley is tender and the soup thickens slightly. Season.
  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, heat a barbecue grill or chargrill on high. Lightly brush the bread with remaining oil. Cook for 1 min each side or until lightly charred and toasted. Rub the cut sides of the halved garlic clove over the toast.
  4. Step 4

    Ladle the soup evenly among serving bowls and sprinkle with the reserved fennel fronds. Serve with the toast.