Method Prep:15min › Cook:45min › Extra time:10min › Ready in:1hr10min
Add olive oil to a large cooking pot.
Add all the veg and sweat for 5 minutes, then add the pearl barley, tomato puree and thyme.
Mix the stock cubes and boiling water then add to the pot, stir and cover, cook for 45 minutes or until veg and pearl barley are cooked through.
Transfer to a processor and blitz. This might have to be done in batches. Transfer back to the pot, add salt and pepper to your taste. At this point more water can be added if you feel its a little too thick.
Warm through and serve with crusty bread or bread of your choice.