1. In a stockpot over medium-high heat, bring water and vegetable broth powder to a boil. Add dip mix and whisk until well combined.
2. Stir in barley, bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and let cook about 45 to 50 minutes, until barley is tender and soup is slightly creamy.
3. Add kale, cover and let cook for another 5 to 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
If desired, substitute spinach or chard for the kale.Soup will thicken as it cools, add more broth to the soup as needed If desired, substitute 6 cups vegetable broth for water and broth powder.
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