Butternut Squash and Barley Soup

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 5-1/4 hours


12 servings (3 quarts)

Updated: Jun. 15, 2023
I love to use my garden produce in this veggie-packed soup. Serve it with bread or oatmeal dinner rolls and you have a delicious, healthy dinner. —Julie Sloan, Osceola, Indiana
Butternut Squash and Barley Soup Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 small butternut squash (2-1/2 to 3 pounds), peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes (about 6 cups)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup medium pearl barley
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley or 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup cubed cooked turkey


  1. Place all ingredients except turkey in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low 5-7 hours or until squash and barley are tender.
  2. Stir in turkey; cook, covered, 15 minutes or until heated through.

Can you freeze Butternut Squash and Barley Soup?

Transfer to three 1-qt. freezer containers; cool. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months. To use frozen soup, thaw in the refrigerator. Place in a saucepan and heat through.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Leftover cubed or shredded turkey works well in this soup.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 cup: 120 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 493mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 6g fiber), 7g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch.