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Barley Vegetable Soup

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 8-1/4 hours

Makes

12 servings (about 3-1/2 quarts)

Our taste testers loved this delicious vegetarian soup brimming with veggies and barley. Though it doesn’t taste like it, the recipe from Mary Tallman of Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin has only 128 calories and 1 gram of fat!
Barley Vegetable Soup Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh baby carrots, halved
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen cut green beans
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 3 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) vegetable broth
  • 1 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained

Directions

  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 8 ingredients. Stir in the water, broth, barley, bay leaf and seasonings. Cover and cook on low until barley and vegetables are tender, 8-10 hours.
  2. Stir in tomatoes; cover and cook on high until heated through, 10-20 minutes. Discard bay leaf.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/4 cups: 135 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 689mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 5g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1.500 starch, 1 vegetable.

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