Michigan Dutch Barley Soup - Gerstenbrij

READY IN: 2hrs 40mins
Recipe by mollypaul

A hearty, high fiber soup from the Michigan Dutch chapter of the United States Regional Cookbook, Culinary Arts Institute of Chicago, 1947.

Top Review by Pearlsb4swine

THE perfect, hearty soup for a cold, dreary day.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 cup barley
  • 1 quart water, boiling
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 quarts soup stock (use vegetable stock if vegetarian)
  • 12 cup celery, diced
  • 12 cup onion, peeled and diced
  • 12 cup carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 bell pepper (optional)


  1. Rinse barley in cold water; drain.
  2. Add salt to boiling water, followed by the barley.
  3. Cook until tender, about two hours (water will mostly evaporate).
  4. Add soup stock and vegetables.
  5. Cook until vegetables are tender.
  6. Serve hot.

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