Makes 8 quarts, serves 16
stalks celery, diced
large onions, diced
kosher salt and black pepper
102-ounce can diced tomatoes (or four 28-ounce cans)
bunch kale, thick stems discarded and leaves chopped (about 8 cups)
15.5-ounce cans chickpeas, rinsed
- Cook the barley according to the package directions.
- Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add the carrots, celery, onions, parsnips, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften, 20 to 25 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes (and their juices) and 8 cups water. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the soup has slightly thickened and the vegetables are tender, 45 to 60 minutes.
- Add the kale and simmer, stirring occasionally, until it is tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the chickpeas and cooked barley and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes.