Barley Vegetable Soup

Barley vegetable soup

Here’s a healthy, delicious and filling soup with lots of flavor. Its truly a keeper. Serve it with a loaf of crusty bread..Yum!

Barley Vegetable Soup Recipe


1. Barley – 1/2 cup ( I used quick cooking 10 minute barley)

2. Olive oil – 1.5 tbsp

3. Onion – 1/2 cup, finely chopped

    Garlic – 2 cloves, minced

4. Carrot – 1/4 cup, heaped

    Celery, chopped – 1/4 cup, heaped

5. Tomato – 3, blanched (please refer step 1)

6. Tomato paste – 2 tsp (optional)

7. Vegetable stock/ water – Around 3 cups

8. Salt and pepper – To taste

9. Zucchini – 1 small, cubed

   Spinach – A handful, roughly chopped

10. Basil pesto, store-bought or homemade – 2 tsp or to taste (optional. If you don’t have basil pesto, add a pinch of Italian seasoning.)

11. Fresh lemon juice – 1 tsp (optional)

12. Parmesan cheese – 1 – 2 tbsp grated, to garnish (optional)

13. Fresh parsley – 2 tsp finely chopped, to garnish (optional)


1. To blanch tomatoes – Put the tomatoes in boiling water. Boil for about 1 – 2 minutes or until their skin starts peeling off. Take them out and set aside for 2 minutes. Peel off their skin and remove the seeds and pulp. Chop the flesh and keep aside.

2. Heat oil in a soup pot. Add finely chopped onion and garlic. Saute until onion turns transparent. Add carrot and celery. Saute for a minute. Add barley, blanched and chopped tomato pieces, tomato paste, vegetable stock or water, salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook for 10 – 12 minutes until barley is done. Add zucchini and spinach. Cook for a minute. Add basil pesto and mix well. Serve hot. Sprinkle parmesan cheese, while serving (optional).

Barley vegetable soup

Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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  • Hi Maya! A blustery gray day in San Antonio, what better recipe to make than this! Came out great! Didn’t have the time to blanch tomatoes, added a can of diced tomatoes instead, also used an all purpose salt free seasoning instead of Italian. Still wonderful! Thank you for a delicious hearty vegetarian soup recipe!

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