Vegetable and Barley Soup

Vegetable and Barley Soup from the side

Whenever it gets colder, I tend to start craving soup. Hearty, healthy vegetable soup with some kind of grain or lentils, in this case barley. I grew up eating a similar kind of soup as a kid, I loved it back then and I still do now. This vegetable soup warms you up from the inside out and just has this wintery feel to it.

There is actually only a handful of ingredients in this vegetable and barley soup, and all of them are really inexpensive too. So if you’re on a budget or are into meal prepping, then this soup will be right up your alley.

Want some extra carbs? Make my simple 4-ingredient flat breads! They go perfectly with soup.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Please let me know what you think in the comments or tag me in your creations on Instagram @nothangryanymore.

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Vegetable and Barley Soup from the side

Vegetable and Barley Soup

Hearty and healthy soup. The perfect meal for a cold winter's day.
5 from 5 votes

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Lunch, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine German, Swiss


  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 brown onions
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 4 carrots
  • 150 g barley
  • 1/4 savoy cabbage
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1.5 L hot water
  • salt to taste


  • Roughly chop the onions and wash the carrots and celery sticks. Cut the carrots and celery sticks into large chunks.
  • Heat up a large pot and add the sunflower oil, onions, carrots and celery and cook for 15 minutes on low-medium heat until the onion is translucent and the kitchen starts to smell wonderful.
  • Now, wash and chop the savoy cabbage and rinse the barley.
  • After 15 minutes, add the cabbage, barley, bay leaves, dried oregano, stock cubes, salt and hot water and let the soup cook, covered with lid, for another 30 minutes on low-medium heat until the barley is chewy and cooked.


Once the soup is cooled down, it lasts well in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, add a splash of water as the soup tends to thicken up quite a bit in the fridge.
Keyword soup
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