Savory Lentil Barley Soup Recipe

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"I get frequent requests from my family for this thick, full-flavored soup in the winter," reports Myrtle Brandt of Morris, Manitoba, "especially on -35° days, which are not uncommon here!"
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour 5 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour 5 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 package (1.7 ounces) vegetable soup mix
  • 3/4 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 3/4 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Swiss cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 125 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 405mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a soup kettle or Dutch oven, saute onion, celery and garlic in butter until tender. Add water, tomatoes, soup mix, lentils, barley and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until lentils and barley are tender. Add carrots; simmer 20-25 minutes longer or until the carrots are tender. Garnish with cheese if desired. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).
Originally published as Lentil Barley Soup in Taste of Home February/March 1999, p17

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Katie26 User ID: 1836118 28088
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2012

"I make this recipe during Great Lent. It's delicious! I've had many requests for the recipe and I'm always happy to share."

nybsbfan18 User ID: 1207812 61542
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2009


can this recipe be made into a crockpot recipe?
how much rinsing of the dried beans do i have to do?

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