This hearty Vegetable Barley Soup recipe is laden with chunky vegetables of all kinds and made easy with pearl barley, making for a wonderful winter soup.
We may be nearing the end of February, but judging from the sounds of the snow-plow outside and the forecast of more snow on the way, I’d say winter is still in full swing. While we may be longing for summer salads and grilling, there will be plenty of time for that, once we get past the season for hearty soups and stews.
Chunky Barley Soup To Cure What Ails Ya’
Tim and I have found ourselves a bit under the weather this week, and this soup has hit the spot for our sensitive tummies and sore throats.
We like our soups thick and hearty. As you can see, there’s not much broth in there, it’s mostly vegetable and grain goodness. Which means this soup is a stick to your ribs kind of soup, even though it’s mostly nutrient rich veggies.
If you do like your soups more broth-y, I wouldn’t fault you in the slightest for adding a bit more vegetable stock to thin the soup out.
What’s your favorite comforting and nourishing soup when you’re feeling under the weather?
Chunky Vegetable Barley Soup
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 celery stalk, diced
- 4 oz mushrooms, drained
- 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, un-drained
- 3 c vegetable stock (we prefer low sodium)
- 1 ½ c water
- ½ c pearled barley, dry
- 1 tsp parsley
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp oregano
- ½ tsp thyme
- ½ tsp savory
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
- ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 (16 oz) bag frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
- ½ c walnuts, chopped
- Parmesan cheese (to top, if desired)
- In a large, 4 quart, soup pot, heat oil. Add onions and celery and saute until translucent.
- Add mushrooms, tomatoes, vegetable stock, water, and barley.
- Mix in parsley, garlic, oregano, thyme, savory, salt, red pepper flakes, and Worcestershire sauce.
- Cover and bring mixture to a simmer, until barley is tender.
- Add thawed mixed vegetables and walnuts, return soup to a simmer to heat through.
- Serve alone or topped with Parmesan cheese.
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Sarah is one of Curious Cuisiniere’s founding duo. Her love for cultural cuisines was instilled early by her French Canadian Grandmother. Her experience in the kitchen and in recipe development comes from years working in professional kitchens. She has traveled extensively and enjoys bringing the flavors of her travels back to create easy-to-make recipes.