foodie fridays: barley soup with turkey sausage, rainbow chard & parmesan cheese

barley soup with turkey sausage, rainbow chard & parmesan cheese

I am obsessed.

Okay, obsessed may be a wee much, but I am so fascinated with the women’s Biathlon event at the Olympics. Like I kind of want to trot down to the local Biathlon shop and sign up. Wait. That’s the Army. Doh!

I don’t know what is about this particular event, but these ladies have mad skills. Could you imagine cross country skiing for three miles and then stopping to shoot five shots at a hole the size of grapefruit from 50 yards? Do what?

barley soup with turkey sausage, rainbow chard & parmesan cheese

I swear this event is some kind of secret espionage training. Because let’s be real, what little girl grows up wanting to be in the Biathlon? There is a reason you don’t see Cinderella target shooting. Now that I think about it, maybe Cinderella and all the Disney housewives should be target shooting? You never know when the apocalypse is going to go down. I digress.

barley soup with turkey sausage, rainbow chard & parmesan cheese

You’re probably wondering what guns, cross country skiing, and Disney princesses have in common with barley soup? Nada. Really I wanted to express to you all that you may see me at the Olympics in 2018 shooting guns and gobbling up this soup like it’s my job.

A girl can dream, right?

barley soup with turkey sausage, rainbow chard & parmesan cheese

barley soup with turkey sausage, rainbow chard & parmesan cheese

Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes


1 yellow onion, chopped
1 fennel bulb, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lb ground turkey sausage
1 cup barley
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 quart chicken stock
2 large leaves rainbow chard, cleaned, chopped
1 15 oz can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
Parmesan shavings


In a food processor, add onion, fennel, carrot, and celery stalk. Pulse a few times until finely chopped. Heat a large Dutch oven to medium high heat. Add the olive oil and turkey sausage. Begin to brown the turkey sausage. Add the chopped veggies to the pot and saute until softened. Add barley, tomato paste and red pepper flakes. Cook for a few more minutes. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer partially covered for about 45 minutes. With 10 minutes left add the rainbow chard and garbanzo beans. Cook for another 5 minutes. Turn off heat. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with Parmesan cheese.

recipe adapted from bon appetit

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28 Responses to “foodie fridays: barley soup with turkey sausage, rainbow chard & parmesan cheese”

  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — February 21, 2014 at 13:57

    What a GORGEOUS bowl of soup!
    I love the idea of sausage, parm and rainbow chard!
    Completely perfect for a cold, winter night!

    • Lauren replied: — February 21st, 2014 @ 15:37

      Thank you, Taylor! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    Kathryn — February 21, 2014 at 14:21

    Ha, I’ve been trying to work out what event is going to get me to the 2018 Olympics too. At the moment, I’m going for curling. See you in South Korea ; )

    Love the sound of this soup; such a warming + hearty bowl!

    • Lauren replied: — February 21st, 2014 @ 15:38

      Deal!! Thanks, friend! Have a great weekend!

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — February 21, 2014 at 14:51

    This soup has my name all over it! Maybe in 2018 we can get soup eating into the winter Olympics? That is one event where I’d be pumped to go for gold!

    • Lauren replied: — February 21st, 2014 @ 15:40

      Seriously, I think you are on to something:) Thanks, Kelli!

  4. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — February 21, 2014 at 14:51

    The biathalon is crazy!!! I seriously don’t know how they do it. Nor the ski jumpers. Nor the triple-lutz-sow-kow-ing figure skaters. They all pretty much blow my mind.

    This soup also looks gold medal worthy. Love that barley!

    • Lauren replied: — February 21st, 2014 @ 15:44

      Agreed!! Ice skating crazy hard! And the skeleton? Forget about it. Have a great weekend!

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    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — February 21, 2014 at 14:58

    Whoa Lauren this soup sounds so warm and hearty and PERFECT for this crazy weather we are having! I’m picking up all the stuff at the store and making it ASAP, like as in tomorrow!

    • Lauren replied: — February 21st, 2014 @ 15:45

      LOL! Thanks, Laurie! I am soooooo ready for spring! Have a fab weekend!

  6. #
    Tieghan — February 21, 2014 at 15:06

    So cozy!! This is a need today. I am not sure it is every going to stop snowing!

    • Lauren replied: — February 21st, 2014 @ 15:47

      HA! I know. Spring needs to happen now! Have a great weekend, Tieghan!

  7. #
    meredith n sock monkey slippers — February 21, 2014 at 15:09

    looks delicious! love the flavors

    • Lauren replied: — February 21st, 2014 @ 15:47

      Thanks, Meredith!

  8. #
    Jenna — February 21, 2014 at 15:17

    The textures in this soup look wonderful! Cant wait to try a big bowl of this!

    • Lauren replied: — February 21st, 2014 @ 15:48

      Thanks, Jenna! Have a great weekend!

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    Maggie Unzueta @ Mama Maggie's Kitchen — February 21, 2014 at 16:01

    This soup looks so hearty and yummy. Perfect for the cold. Can’t wait to try this.

    • Lauren replied: — February 21st, 2014 @ 19:06

      Thanks, Maggie!

  10. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — February 21, 2014 at 18:44

    I haven’t seen this event covered maybe because I haven’t seen much of the olympics. These ladies have got MAD SKILLS.

  11. #
    Annalise @ Completely Delicious — February 21, 2014 at 19:34

    This looks so cozy!

  12. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — February 21, 2014 at 20:01

    Gah, this soup looks so hearty and delicious. This post totally cracked me up. I’m now imagining a new show: The Real Disney Housewives.

  13. #
    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — February 21, 2014 at 21:42

    Ohmygosh, that event?? Like, where do they come up with these things?? Mad love for this soup! Cozy and simple, my kind of meal.

  14. #
    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats — February 21, 2014 at 21:43

    haha.. you crack me up! Espionage training! Thats not a bad idea, then you know they can shoot like awesome sauce under intense physically duress.

    Love this soup Lauren, its all kinds of yumminess and looks super healthy and hearty! Perfect!

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    Stephanie — February 22, 2014 at 05:10

    Ha! I’ve totally been watching biathlon too. This is the first year I’ve ever watched it and at first I was all, “what the heck is this?” It seemed so random and I was also wondering how one gets into such a thing.

    This soup? I want it right now!

  16. #
    Maria | Pink Patisserie — February 22, 2014 at 16:18

    Love Biathalon too. Those ladies rock.. Gorgeous soup, this could be my Olympic event too.. :)

  17. #
    Joanne — February 23, 2014 at 13:32

    I am definitely super intrigued by the biathlon as well…and many of the other sports because for so many of them, I can’t imagine how I would even discover I had a talent for it! Like, curling?! Skeleton?! What makes you wake up one day and try those things?!

    I need soup to warm my soul these days. This is perfectional.

  18. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 24, 2014 at 03:26

    It’s a bit warm out here in SF but that won’t stop me from stuffing my face in this glorious, comforting bowl of soup!

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