Vegetarian Bean and Barley Vegetable Soup Recipe

Bean and barley soup with vegetables
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    75 mins
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This vegetarian and vegan recipe for a hearty homemade barley and vegetable soup is both healthy and filling. A meal in itself, you can add just about any veggies you want - green beans, peas or corn would all work well. This recipe makes a more than ​a generous amount, so plan on having some leftovers! You may also want to try this basic vegetable barley soup recipe.

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What You'll Need

  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of oil or vegan margarine
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 2 medium-sized carrots, diced 
  • any other vegetables desired, about 1/2 cup each (I like cauliflower and zucchini)
  • 8 cups water or vegetable broth (you can also use half and half, or water with a vegetarian bouillon cube)
  • 1 cup pearled barley, uncooked
  • 1 cup pinto or white beans, cooked or canned
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste or crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt (optional but adds a nice flavor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano or Italian spice mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder (optional)
  • 2 large bay leaves

How to Make It

In a large soup pot, sautee the onions, and garlic in oil for a minute or two, then add the celery, carrots and any other vegetables for 3-5 minutes.

Add vegetable broth or water and all other remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Once your soup is simmering, reduce the heat to medium-low and cover your pot. 

Allow to simmer for at least thirty minutes and up to one hour, stirring occasionally, until barley is soft and somewhat fluffy.

Remove the bay leaves before serving your soup. Taste, add more spices or salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

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