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A classic and filling barley soup with kielbasa sausage! Comfort food at its best!
40 minutes simmering on the stove and our soup was ready. Only my childhood years, where comfort food magically appeared in front of me every time I was sick, could be better! (Thanks, grandma!)
But guys, please don’t think I’m foolish. I know damn well why Tim loved this soup so much.
I mean, he would be happy with just eating the straight out of the packaging. I can’t tell you how many times we had “fights” because he ate the sausage I bought thinking of a recipe. Good thing I have a Walmart just down the hill and I can send him for some more whenever that happens.
Thankfully, I now got into the habit of just buying more than what I need. Especially now with the colder weather, there’s no recipe that wouldn’t benefit with the addition of this delicious sausage.
If I’m short on time, or forgot to think of dinner (mostly because I spent all day working on a dessert for the blog, for example), I just slice the Hillshire Farm Polska Kielbasa and sauté with onions until everything is perfectly browned. Then we use it for sandwiches or we eat it with rice! Along with a bottle of cold beer, of course. This post is Oktoberfest themed, after all! ?
The barley and the sausage really make this soup very filling and a meal on its own.
If you haven’t had the chance – or the time – to attend an Oktoberfest celebration this year, just make this soup and it’ll be as if you were there in Munich!
- 4 slices of bacon, cut into big chunks
- 14 oz. Hillshire Farms Polska Kielbasa sausage, cut into 4 big chunks
- 2 tablespoons of butter, if necessary
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 cup (2 leeks) chopped leeks (white and light green parts only)
- 1 cup chopped carrots (about 2 small carrots)
- ½ cup celery, chopped (about 1 stalk of celery)
- 1 cup chopped russet potato (peeled)
- 1 cup pearl barley
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp paprika
- 6 cups chicken broth
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Freshly grated nutmeg to taste
- Chopped parsley to garnish
- In a large dutch oven, over medium high heat, cook the bacon and the sausage until browned, about 5 minutes.
- Remove and reserve.
- If necessary, add 2 tablespoons of butter. (You might also have to remove some of the bacon fat, if it's too much or if it looks burnt).
- Lower the heat to medium and sauté the onions until translucent, about 2 minutes.
- Add the leeks, the carrots, the celery and the potatoes and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
- Add the barley and let it cook with the veggies for a minute, stirring constantly.
- Season with salt, pepper, oregano, paprika and nutmeg.
- Add back the bacon and the sausage.
- Add the chicken broth and bring the soup to a boil. Once it boils, lower the heat to low, cover and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the barley and the potatoes are cooked.
- Remove the bacon and sausages. Discard the bacon and thinly slice the sausages.
- Serve hot, garnished with chopped parsley and the sliced sausage.
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