Bunder Gerstensuppe (Swiss Barley Soup)

Total Time
1hr 40mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 20 mins

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

Ingredients Nutrition


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


Most Helpful

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.

LifeIsGood June 24, 2011

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.

Lin W. January 11, 2015

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

Dienia B. April 18, 2012

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