Easy Split Pea and Barley Stew

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is a very easy and wholesome recipe that I adapted from hillbillyhousewife.com. It is extremely economical and filling, as well as being healthy. I serve this with a small green side salad and a loaf of fresh or garlic bread.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Saute the onion in the oil until fragrant.
  2. Add the celery and carrot. Continue to saute until the whole lot is beginning to soften and smell aromatic.
  3. Tip in the barley and split peas. Add 8 cups of water, reduce heat, and allow to simmer for about 40 minutes or until the legumes and grains are beginning to become tender.
  4. Add the tomatoes and puree. Stir and allow to simmer for another 20-30 minutes to allow flavours to meld. If it looks as if it is drying out, add a cup of water.
  5. Season to taste before serving.
Most Helpful

Easy, high fiber, healthy meal. I used vegetable stock instead of water and added 3/4 teaspoon of Tony Chachere's Original Seasoning to kick up the flavor a bit.

JenShopper1 April 19, 2011

This was a very easy and yummy soup. I did use the ketchup and I felt it gave it added flavor. I also had some herbs as I felt it was a little bland without it. Nice for a cold, rainy evening.

morgainegeiser September 28, 2009

This is very good! I used a can of Italian tomatoes because I couldn't find the diced tomatoes I bought for this. And I used ketchup. My 11yo son has had a couple bowls of this, and I thought I might be eating it all by myself. So that's great! Reviewed for Healthy Choices ABC tag.

mliss29 April 05, 2008