Bean barley soup
Minestra di fagioli e orzo
Bean barley soup is not the kind of dish that will keep you awake at night dreaming about the elegant and exquisite flavour. It is peasant food like vegetarian chickpea soup or pasta and beans designed to nourish and feed big families at the lowest possible cost. By this standard the traditional bean barley soup from Friuli in the north east of Italy is simply outstanding. It definitely tastes a lot better than it looks.