Apple Barley Soup

Apple Barley Soup

Apple Barley Soup


 2  large  onions -- thinly sliced

 2 tablespoons  vegetable oil

 31/2 cups  vegetable stock

 11/2 cups  apple cider

  1/3 cups  pearl barley

 2  large  carrots -- diced

 1 teaspoon  thyme

  1/4 teaspoon  dried marjoram

 1 bay leaf

 2 cups  apples -- unpeeled chopped

  1/4  cup  fresh parsley -- minced

 1 tablespoon  lemon juice

  1/4 teaspoon  salt


In a small soup pot, saute onions in oil over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Reduce heat, cover and cook, stirring frequently for 10 minutes or until onions are browned. Add stock, cider, barley, carrots, thyme, marjoram and bay leaf. Cover and cook for one hour or until barley is tender.  Add apples, parsley and lemon juice. Cook for 5 minutes or until apples are slightly soft. Discard bay leaf and serve.