Friday, October 7, 2011

Vegetarian Vegetable Soup with Barley

Here's a homemade recipe I made just last was fantastic!  Just a head's up, my kids and I love our soups to be pretty strong on the tomato, so if you're not so into that, reduce some of the crushed tomatoes and replace it with extra broth.  If you're not vegetarian, feel free to use beef broth in place of the vegetable broth.   This yields a fairly good amount of soup, so feel free to freeze any leftovers, or have more tomorrow...soup only gets better as the days go by.

Vegetarian Vegetable Soup with Barley

1 Tbs. canola oil
1 small orange pepper, chopped
1/2 large onion, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
3 cups crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce
4 cups vegetable broth (or beef broth)
2 cups water
1/8 head cabbage, chopped small
1 cup corn
1/2 cup frozed green beans, chopped
3 bay leaves
1 Tbs. parsley
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup barley
3/4 cup cooked beans, optional

In large stock pot over medium high heat, saute pepper, onion, carrots, and celery in oil until vegetables are soft and cooked through.  Salt and pepper the vegetables lightly to begin developing their flavor.  Add in garlic and saute an additional minute.  When garlic is cooked, add in tomato sauce, broth and water.  Bring to a rolling boil.  Add in cabbage, corn, green beans, bay leaves, and parsley.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer at least 30 minutes.  If you're only simmering 30 minutes, add in barley now, otherwise add in barley 30 minutes before serving.  Remember--barley may not look like much now, but it'll multiply beyond your wildest dreams, so don't overdo it!  Add in the cooked beans five minutes before serving, if using.  Remove barley leaves, taste soup, and adjust seasonings, adding more salt and pepper as necessary.  If it's tasting kind of good, but not quite right, you probably need more salt.  Add in more broth or water if it's too family likes soup on the stewy side.  Hope you enjoy!


  1. I love barley in soup. I'll have to try this.

  2. I have a box of barley in the pantry that I was given. It has been sitting there for a while now because I've never used it before and didn't know what to do with it. The kids and I will probably enjoy a large pot of Vegetarian Vegetable Soup with Barley next week!