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White Bean ‘N’ Barley Soup

"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
  • Makes
    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


  • 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 heat; cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid.
  • In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until tender, 3-5 minutes. Stir in 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 1 hour or until beans are tender. Add tomatoes; heat through. Discard bay leaves. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup parsley.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 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.

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  • FaithDeborah
    Dec 26, 2014

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

  • hedjo
    May 12, 2012

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

  • le112859
    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
    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
    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!

  • Foodmeister
    Jan 18, 2008

    No comment left

  • TimDreamer
    Jan 18, 2008

    This recipe is great and very flavorful.