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Vegetarian Pearl Barley Soup

Vegetarian Pearl Barley Soup - I know it isn't quite winter yet but this morning it sure felt like it. This soup is perfect for colder days. Most soups are right? A hug in a bowl is basically how I would describe it.

Course Lunch
Cuisine british
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4


  • 120 g Pearl Barley
  • 1 litre Vegetable Stock
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 2 Potato peeled and diced
  • 1 Leek sliced finely
  • 2 Carrots peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 2 sprig Thyme Leaves
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 50 g Puy Lentils Optional
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Creme Fraiche


  1. Put half the stock in a pot over medium/high heat with the pearl barley and bring to a boil. Reduce and simmer for 15 minutes. 

  2. Heat the oil and butter in a pot over medium heat and add the onions and potatoes and a a little water. Cook the onions for 5 - 7minutes and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

  3. Add the remaining stock and all the other vegetables and garlic, thyme and bay leaves to the pot . Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes until veg is tender.

  4. Add the puy lentils and boil for a further 5 minutes. Season and add divide between bowls. Top with a dollop of creme fraiche. :)