Sarah's Potato Barley Soup

"Wonderful fall weather soup! We have it for supper with bread and butter and we're stuffed! Leftovers freeze well, just add about a cup of broth when you reheat it."
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins




  • Saute the onions, garlic and potatoes in a little bit of the broth for about 5 minutes or till softened.
  • Add everything else and cook for about 45 minutes.
  • Take out bay leaves before serving!

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  1. Made this tonight and it was really good! I omitted the bay leaf - personal preference, and at the end I mashed the potatoes to make it a bit creamier. This is a great tasting low fat soup. For those of you on Weight Watchers - it works out to 3 points per serving. Next time I will try adding some chopped celery as well. Really great recipe and thank-you for posting.
  2. The husband, kids, and myself absolutely loved this soup! It's very hard to find a soup that the husband will eat, but he gobbled this one up. The only thing he suggested to be changed is to add in some corn and I admit that sounds pretty good to me too. It fed 5 of us and there's still leftovers. Will definitely make this again.
  3. Sarah - thanks for the great soup recipe! This couldn't be any easier! I served this hearty soup with some crusty french bread and a large salad. It was a perfect meal on a cold rainy night - satisfying and simple! Thanks again!
  4. We really liked to taste of all the herbs. It took a lot longer than 45 minutes for barley to get soft though and it was a little bit thicker than we would have liked. Next time I will do less barley to make it a little lighter.
  5. This was pretty good. It would have been better if I wouldn't have accidentally put in double the pepper. I didn't have marjoram so I used oregano in it's place. We liked this and I'll make it again. I've never sauteed onions like this; without butter or oil. It worked out fine and without the fat and calories.


  1. I did this soup and it was very filling on a wintery evening. I used a bouquet garni instead of the herbs as I did not have any. The result was very satisfying.


I'm a stay-at-home mom of one. I'm on Weight Watchers so I love healthy recipes, and with a little one on my hands they need to be quick and easy! In my spare time (ha!) I like to read, knit/crochet, and catch up on my forums/emails.
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