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Hearty White Beans and Barley Soup Recipe

Loaded with barley and beans this simple homestyle soup recipe is filled with protein, fiber and flavor. Make a large batch to last for several meals throughout the week.

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It’s funny how something we take for granted now used to be considered a luxury not too long ago.

We now think of barley and beans as a budget-friendly meal idea. However, I enjoyed my mom telling me about how this traditional barley and bean soup used to be considered a “rich person’s food”. Only families who had more money would be able to add some dried meats or bacon to the soup to enjoy on Sundays or special occasions.

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Also, when she was growing up, they grew their own barley and beans. Apparently it took quite a bit of effort to clean the barley – a job the kids were responsible for each morning as their mom was busy doing other chores around the home.

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We now love to make this large-batch recipe at least once a week. It’s full of protein and fiber and makes the perfect warm and filling meal, especially with a slice of homemade white bread.

And for a delicious vegetarian version, we simply exclude the sausage!

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Hearty White Bean and Barley Soup Recipe

Jane and Sonja
Loaded with barley and beans this simple homestyle soup recipe is filled with protein fiber and flavor.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 272 kcal

Equipment

  • Large stockpot

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ cups barley
  • 1 ½ cups white beans
  • 2 cooking onions diced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 10 cups cold water
  • 2 bay leaves dried or fresh
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp vegetable seasoning
  • 1 cups smoked sausage or bacon optional

Instructions
 

  • Rinse barley and beans. Soak overnight if possible (will cook faster).
  • In a large cooking pot, saute onions 3-4 minutes until translucent.
  • Add all the ingredients (excluding meat if using) to the pot.
  • Bring to a boil and then simmer 1-1 ½ hours until the beans are soft to the taste. You may need to add more hot water if soup becomes too thick (watch that it doesn’t burn in the bottom of the pot).
  • Add meat such as smoked sausage or bacon about half way through cooking.
  • If the soup is too thick, add more water. Test close to the end of cooking and add more salt/pepper/seasoning if needed.

Nutrition

Calories: 272kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 11gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 272mgPotassium: 494mgFiber: 9gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 2566IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 74mgIron: 3mg
Keyword barley, beans, soup, vegetarian
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This large batch beans and barley soup recipe will stay great in the fridge for several days. If it thickens too much, add a bit of water while warming it up to thin out.

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