New England Soup Factory's Lamb and Barley Soup

Total Time
3hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 3 hrs

This low carb creation is reported to be one of the favorite soups of Marjorie Druker, the much-lauded chef behind the popular New England Soup Factory. Found online.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place lamb in a large pot and cover with cold water.
  2. Add bay leaves and salt; bring to a boil.
  3. Simmer briskly for for 2 hours.
  4. In separate large stockpot, heat the olive oil.
  5. Add onions, carrots, celery and parsnips; saute 10-15 minute Add barley, cooked lamb with its stock, chicken stock, white wine, oregano and mint, and bring to a boil.
  6. Simmer for 1 hour.
  7. Remove from heat, and season with salt, pepper and lemon oil, to taste.
  8. Serve immediately.
Most Helpful

This was good, although needed more flavor in the broth for our tastes. I might use beef broth next time, and as kithengrrl suggested might switch to red wine next time. I also browned the lamb first with all the spices to give it more flavor (as long as you simmer for awhile the lamb still gets tender), skipped the mint, and added a head of chopped garlic to the spice mix. I pre-cooked the barley separately (wasn't sure how much it would absorb), but next time will just throw it in the same pot and add a bit of extra broth. It's a keeper! I might brown some flour after browning the meat and spices next time, to turn it into stew.

Debbie F. December 16, 2009

This was good, but needed a few boosters to please my husband and me. Used beef because lamb is hard to come by where we are. Because it was beef and not lamb, I omitted the mint and added thyme and rosemary. It had a great texture, but was still missing a depth of flavor, so we added paprika and Worcestershire sauce. That really rounded everything out. I think next time I will use a red wine instead of the white.

kitchengrrl December 14, 2009

This soup really exceeded my expectations! It was easy to make - minimal fussing with ingredients, and the resulting broth had great body and flavor. I followed mianbao's hint and once the lamb started to get tender, threw the barley into the pot with the lamb, chicken stock and wine. I used all 6 bay leaves and loved the addition of a little lemon oil when serving - it really brightened it up (although my husband preferred his without the lemon). thanks for sharing this great winter recipe - it's a keeper!

studio city girl October 27, 2009