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White Bean 'N' Barley Soup Recipe

White Bean 'N' Barley Soup Recipe

"A friend of mine gave me this recipe, and it's delicious," says Stephanie Land of Sudbury, Ontario.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + standing Cook: 1-1/4 hours YIELD:9 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups dried great northern beans
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 medium sweet red peppers, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley, divided
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained


  • 1. Place beans in a Dutch oven or soup kettle; add enough water to cover beans by 2-in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour.Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid.
  • 2. In a Dutch oven, saute onion and garlic in oil. Add the broth, water, beans, carrots, red peppers, celery, barley, 1/4 cup parsley, bay leaves, salt, thyme and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until beans are tender. Add tomatoes; heat through. Discard bay leaves. Sprinkle with remaining parsley. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 193 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 831mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 9g fiber), 10g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat.

Reviews for White Bean 'N' Barley Soup

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FaithDeborah User ID: 8183252 215937
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

"Excellent! We made it vegetarian, seasoned with Lawry's seasoned salt and regular salt."

hedjo User ID: 4179463 70383
Reviewed May. 12, 2012

"This is a great soup recipe. Loved the addition of barely."

le112859 User ID: 4073399 55073
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2010

"Yummy and hearty. Next time we'll use fewer beans and more barley, just a personal preference. We used fat free/reduced sodium chicken broth."

Baggy6 User ID: 534479 64549
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2008

"Yes, this is very good tasting. I added some corn and extra barley. perfet for a chilly day as we have here in Michigan.:) Thank you"

tiffnaynay User ID: 2794733 205627
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2008

"My mom and I tried this recipe and it is wonderful!! It is great this way but she has also added chicken to the mix and it is also very tasty and a bit more filling! Yummy!"

TimDreamer User ID: 4638806 89564
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2008

"This recipe is great and very flavorful."

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