Vegetable Barley Soup

Total Time
2hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs

Here is winter time comfort soup. I substituted 2 cups for frozen vegetables for the mushrooms. I made this soup in the slow cooker and came out really nice.Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; cook onion, celery and garlic about 3 minutes.
  2. Add mushrooms and cook another 3 minutes until softened; add barley and cook another minute.
  3. Add chicken and beef stock, bay leaves and pepper;bring to a boil.
  4. Lower heat to medium low; cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  5. Add potatoes, carrots and salt; return to a boil.reduce to medium low and simmer 30 minutes until vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf; add parsley.
  6. Ladle into soup bowls and sprinkle on grated parmesan or cheddar cheese.
Most Helpful

Absolutely fabulous soup - thick,healthy and a perfect winter meal It was a breeze to make too which is always an added bonus . As this was the first time I had cooked with barley I was worried I would have trouble finding it at the supermarket but there it was with the dried lentils and split peas - no problems at all . I added a bit of chopped coriander and a bit of chopped basil along with the parsley and it was soooo good - so my thanks to Sage.

katew May 02, 2007

This is a very nice and filling soup. We love barley and I try to make at least one veggie meal a week so this will work great for us. I did add about a half can of diced tomatoes as they were in the fridge and I thought they would be a nice addition. This will certainly show up at our table again. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

GaylaV November 14, 2009

We had this for our main meal tonight and enjoyed it a lot which wasn't too much of a shock because we are big fans of barley soups. The only slight confusion I had with the recipe was how the ingredients list mentions both beef and chicken stock but when I got to the liquid adding stage of the instructions it only mentioned chicken stock. I wasn't sure which was in error but from the amount of liquid barley usually sucks up I went with adding them both and that worked out well. A tasty and very filling and healthy soup. I used the slow cooker method of high for 4 hours and it worked well. Made for ZWT4.

Sarah_Jayne June 14, 2008