I’m not sure there’s a more homely smell than soup cooking on the stove. This is my definition of comfort food and living in Brisbane, it’s rather late in the year to be enjoying soup – but ENJOY I AM!
I’ve added pearl barley to this soup, instead of the traditional pasta – which makes it wheat free – a great bonus when you are looking to cut down on wheat.
You can replace the sliced bacon with a bacon hock and remove it when cooking is over, but for ease of ingredients – I used actual bacon in the recipe below. A nitrate-free bacon from free range pigs. It is heavenly. You don’t need much for a lot of flavour.