Freeze extra soup in individual serving-size portions, then pop in the microwave for a fast, easy supper when everyone's schedule is different.
Warm a loaf of whole wheat bread while the soup simmers, and creamy butter. Baked apples sprinkled with a dash of cinnamon and a pinch of brown sugar
are a great finish to this hearty winter meal.
The great thing about pearl barley is how long it lasts. This grain has a long shelf life of 6 to 9 months if stored in an airtight container. If your pantry is cooler than 68°,
barley can last even longer.