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    Bunder Gerstensuppe (Swiss Barley Soup)

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    1 hr 40 mins

    20 mins

    1 hr 20 mins

    Mikekey's Note:

    This is a soup popular in the Alps during the winter. You can add some shredded cabbage to this, if desired.

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    1. 1
      Heat butter and olive oil in a soup kettle over medium-high heat.
    2. 2
      Add onion and leek and cook until they begin to soften, about 10 minutes.
    3. 3
      Add the carrots, celery, bay leaf and bacon and lower heat to medium. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    4. 4
      Add stock, barley and potatoes. Simmer for 1 hour.
    5. 5
      Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in cream and bring back to heat, without boiling.
    6. 6
      Ladle into bowls and garnish with parsley.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 24, 2011


      YUM! This is a great recipe for soup. The ingredient amounts were perfect. I used vegetable stock. I tried the soup before adding cream and loved it that way, too. This will become a staple in our house. Thanks! Made for ZWT7 Golden Gourmets.

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    • on January 11, 2015


      I made this soup for Swiss night of our "Ethnic Dinner Club" and it was amazing. Everyone loved it. I used smoked ham instead of bacon but other than that followed the exact recipe. This will be one of my 'go to' soup recipes from now on. Fantastic, hearty soup.

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    • on April 18, 2012


      i did add the cabbage and cookedthis in crockpot was very easy and tasted great

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    Nutritional Facts for Bunder Gerstensuppe (Swiss Barley Soup)

    Serving Size: 1 (861 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 911.7
    Calories from Fat 470
    Total Fat 52.3 g
    Saturated Fat 22.7 g
    Cholesterol 134.9 mg
    Sodium 1597.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 77.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 10.8 g
    Sugars 13.5 g
    Protein 33.7 g

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