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Minnesota Delights: Hearty Tomato & Barley Soup

Hearty Tomato & Barley Soup







24oz jar of pasta sauce
1lb. carrots, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup medium pearled barley (NOT quick cooking type)
1 small onion (about 1 cup), peeled and diced
12 oz fresh green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces (Or bag of “ready to cook” fresh green beans in the produce section)
1 cup frozen peas
15 oz can of great northern beans, drained and rinsed
4 cups of vegetable broth


Prep Day: Label your freezer bag with the name of the meal, cooking instructions, and “use by date”. (For standard fridge/freezer combos, this will be three months from the prep day.)

Add all of the ingredients to the bag (except broth).

Remove as much air as possible from the bag, seal it, and lay it flat in your freezer.


Serve Day: The night before cooking, move the frozen bag to your refrigerator to thaw. OR You can also quickly thaw the bag in water in the morning so you can break apart the frozen block and fit it into your crockpot.

The morning of cooking, pour contents of freezer bag into your crockpot and add broth.

Cook on “low” setting for 8 hours or until veggies are tender.

Serve with fresh bread or baked crescent rolls.



I’m a married mother of 3. Who loves living in Minnesota, prep ahead cooking, and couldn’t live without them now. No more worries about the age old question “What’s for Dinner?”. I am also transitioning my family into the slow food and clean eating movement. I believe it’s best if we can eat food in it’s most natural state. I love to share the information I have been gaining through this whole experience. I’m also a trained personal chef. Cooking is a passion and hobby of mine. Hope your are enjoying the content of my blog.

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