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VEGETABLE BARLEY SOUP

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Chase away the winter chill with a bowl of thick and hearty Vegetable Barley Soup!



I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing I crave more when I’m ill than a bowl of hot, comforting soup. Whether you’re sick or not, this Vegetable Barley Soup will warm you up from the inside out. It’s thick, hearty, and perfect for combating cold winter weather.

You are going to love this easy to prepare recipe! It’s packed with tons of healthy veggies, and unlike many Barley Vegetable Soup recipes, it’s vegetarian (actually vegan).

Vegetable Barley Soup Recipe
This hearty Vegetable Barley Soup is packed with veggies and perfect for chasing away the winter chill!



Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 large stalk celery, thinly sliced
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen cut green beans
  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 2/3 cup frozen corn
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2/3 cup frozen peas
  • 1/3 cup chopped Italian parsley leaves, plus extra for serving
  • salt
  • pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add onions, carrots, and celery to oil; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Saute veggies until softened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Increase heat to medium-high; then add mushrooms and cook until lightly browned, stirring frequently.
  5. Stir in garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
  6. Add broth, chickpeas, tomatoes, green beans, barley, corn, basil, oregano, and bay leaf.
  7. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  8. Cook soup until barley is tender, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.
  9. Mix in peas and cook until tender and hot, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  10. Remove soup from heat and discard bay leaf. Stir in parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  11. Serve soup hot, sprinkled with additional parsley. Enjoy!

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