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Feel free to substitute farro or quinoa if barley is not available. Photo made with ditalini pasta.
Heat Fustini's olive oil in Dutch oven or stockpot until hot but not smoking. Add onion and sauté until translucent. Add carrots and sauté 2 minutes. Add zucchini, squash, corn, green beans and cabbage and sauté, stirring over medium heat until just starting to brown.
Stir in tomatoes, broth and thyme. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer about 30 minutes. Add barley and cook about 10-15 minutes longer. Add more broth as needed. Remove thyme stems and stir in balsamic. Serve in deep, rimmed soup bowls, garnish with chopped chives.
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