Barley-Leek Soup with Mini Chicken Meatballs

This is a great soup to make with kids, who will have fun forming the meatballs and eating the end result. You can make the meatballs in advance and freeze them. They’re also delicious served with pasta or couscous.

Barley-Leek Soup with Mini Chicken Meatballs

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Serves: 8 Total Time: 1 hour and 25 minutes


  • Ingredients:
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil, plus more for baking sheet
  • 3 leeks, white and light green portions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 lb. cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 7 cups chicken broth, plus more as needed
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 cup plain dried bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus 1/2 cup
  • chopped parsley
  • 1 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. salt, plus more, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper, plus more, to taste


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