Vegetables and barley soup

Preparation :40 min Cooking :45 min
Difficulty :easy
Servings :15 cups

This vegetables and barley soup is my mom’s recipe. Thanks to you mom, it is now a classic in our home! It can be easily frozen as well. Note, this soup tends to get thick when unfrozen and reheated. Simply add some chicken broth to get the desired consistency!


  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • Olive oil
  • 3 celeri sticks with leaves, sliced
  • 2 big carrots, sliced
  • 2 small turnips, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1x796ml can diced tomatoes with italian spices
  • 8 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup pearl barley
  • Salt and ground pepper


  • Presoak the barley in water for 30 minutes. Drain, rince and set aside.
  • In a big sauce pan at medium temp, heat a good drizzle of olive oil and add the onion. Cook while stirring ofter, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the vegetables along with the spices and stir well. Season with salt and pepper. Cook while stirring from times to times, about 10 minutes. Add olive oil if necessary.
  • Add the chicken broth and the diced tomatos and stir well. Bring to a boil and lower heat to medium. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add the barley and cook for another 30 minutes or until vegetables are fork tender!

*Trick: Cooking the barley directly in the soup makes it thicker because of the starch. You can adjust the consistency by adding some chicken broth, if necessary! For a clearer soup, cook the barley separately and add it towards the end!*

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Our wine stewards suggest

+- 15$ Vivolo di Sasso Merlot

It's far from being complex, it's far from being a deep wine but it's on the fruit, no bad sides and it's perfect for the afternoons at the chalet with a warm soup, looking at the snow falling.

+- 30$ Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo 2013

I adore this wine, I would drink it everyday. The nebbiolo, the variety that is behind the really robust wines barolo, takes here accents of riper strawberries and flowers, all with a nice freshness and elegance! Just perfect!

L'Ambiguë, La Voie Mlatée

This beer with notes of butterscotch, cereals and toasted bread will add a little something to pair this soup. The taste of the tomatoes and vegetables cooked in oil will be mixed with the butterscotch flavor of the beer.

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