Barley and Tomato Soup

    1 hour

    This soup is healthy, hearty and packed full of flavour. Onions, celery, carrots and barley are simmered in a tomato soup base. Serve with crusty fresh bread, if desired.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 160g chopped onions
    • 120g chopped celery
    • 120g chopped carrots
    • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 600ml water
    • 2 tomatoes, diced
    • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes with juice
    • 300ml chicken stock
    • 4 tablespoons pearl barley
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the onions, celery, carrots, garlic and oil and saute for 5 to 10 minutes or until all vegetables are almost tender.
    2. Then add the water, fresh tomatoes, tinned tomatoes, chicken stock, barley and ground black pepper.
    3. Stir thoroughly and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 35 to 40 minutes or until barley is tender.

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    Excellent recipe as written... and if I may. To the reviewer who said it was too tomato-y... Isn't it Tomato the first name of the recipe???? And to all of those alter the recipe and then give less than 5 stars... Please stop. Write your own recipe, submit it for approval, and then let the public decide. How you can make a recipe your own, then rate the original recipe is beyond me. Please stop it. Rate the recipe as written or give it 5 stars if you alter it.  -  20 Jan 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Some times I consider making a different soup, but then I remember how consistently satisfied I am after eating a bowl (even 4 times a week), so it keeps me coming back to this one. Note: I usually soak the barley in a bowl of water while chopping and sauteeing vegetables to help it cook a bit faster. This is a great recipe to bring for a winter potluck at a chilly house.  -  15 Jan 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    A great base recipe that you can adjust to your own preference.I agreed that it needed more seasonning. i omitted the oil and sauteed with a bit of cooking spray, then added grated zucchini, green beans, a can of tomato paste, basil, parsley, bay leaf and a touch of Mrs Dash. It turned into almost a cream based soup but really low in calories. A great healthy soup that seems decadent.  -  06 Jan 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)