Hearty Vegetable Barley Soup

Ready in
1 hr 15 min
A meal in a bowl, this soup shouts “welcome home” on a winter day. For a vegetarian, substitute vegetable broth for the beef broth. Barley, like oats, is an excellent source of carbohydrate and soluble fibre.

Serving Size


Estimated Cost*


Per Serving

Prep Time

15 min

Cooking Time

1 hr

Price/Availability Effective Date: February 10, 2014


1 can Beef Broth (10 oz / 284 mL) - salt-reduced
1 cup Regular Water (250 mL)
0.5 cup Onion (125 mL) - chopped
0.25 cup Dry pearled barley (50 mL) - preferably pot barley
0.66 cup Potatoes (150 mL) - cubed
0.5 cup Carrot (125 mL) - chopped
1 Stalk Celery diced
0.5 cup Rutabaga (125 mL)
1 Bay leaves
0.5 tsp Dried thyme leaves (2 mL)
1 Pinch Ground Pepper
Fresh Parsley (optional) - chopped


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine broth, water, onion and barley. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
  2. Add potato, carrot, celery, rutabaga, bay leaf, thyme and pepper. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Extra water may be required (about ⅔ cup/150 mL) before end of cooking since some of the water will have been absorbed by the barley during cooking.
  3. Before serving, remove bay leaf and discard, taste and adjust seasoning. You may need to add extra thyme. Serve soup with parsley (if using).

Recipe notes

Pot barley is less refined and more nutritious than pearl barley.

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