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Winter Veg and Barley Soup

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Serves 4

This healthy soup is brimming with goodness, but certainly won't leave you feeling deprived either.

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  • 40g butter
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 2 sticks of celery, finely sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced into 1-2cm pieces
  • 1 medium parsnip, peeled and diced into 1-2cm pieces
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and diced into 1-2cm pieces
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 stalks of thyme
  • 100g pearl barley
  • 75ml white wine
  • 1.2ltr (2pt) vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1tbsp tomato puree
  • 2tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley


    1. Heat the butter in a pan and add all of the veg. Cook over a medium heat for about 5 minutes until the veg has just started to soften.
    2. Stir in the bay leaves, thyme, pearl barley, white wine, stock and tomato puree. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 45 minutes until the vegetables are very tender and the pearl barley is soft.
    3. Remove the bay leaves and thyme stalk and stir in the chopped parsley. season to taste and serve hot.

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Emma Tolan
29th Jun, 2020
Beautiful soup, tasty and feels like eating good health in a bowl.
3rd Nov, 2018
cheap and easy and filling but for me it was a bit bland and gloopy, though to be fair I did blitz it up a bit because I don't like lumpy soups.
2nd Mar, 2018
This is really easy and delicious. I made it with a blizzard blowing outside, and it was perfect to warm up everyone when they made it home from work.
5th Oct, 2015
Really nice and incredibly easy to make. Improves when cooked for a while or allowed to cool and reheated. I froze a batch and just defrosted it and it was great. I added quite a bit of chilli sauce to it as well to give it a bit of a kick, but that's down to taste of course.
23rd Feb, 2015
This was delicious!! Omitted parsnip as I did not have any and used sweet potato this is so warming for those winter days and super filing!
22nd Mar, 2014
This soup is absolutely delicious and so easy to make.
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