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Cream of Barley Soup

1 c Pearl barley
1 c Onion; chopped
1 c Celery; chopped
1/2 c Leeks; chopped
3 Ham hocks; or 2 sl Smoked ham; chopped
3 1/2 qt Chicken stock
6 tb Instant mashed potatoes
1 c Heavy cream


6 Parsley sprigs
1/2 ts Thyme
2 md Bay leaves


Wrap herbs in piece of cheesecloth. Combine all ingredients except mashed potatoes and cream in removable liner. Place liner in base. Cover and cook on low 4-5 hours. Remove ham hocks, if used, and discard. Also, discard bouquet garni. Add instant mashed potatoes, stirring well, and add creme. Cook on high for 15 minutes.


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