Barley Cream Soup Recipe

Pearl Barley By Johann Jaritz (Own work) [GFDL (, CC BY-SA 3.0 at ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


 Updated 06/05/2015

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A tasty vegetable soup thickened with pearl barley.


  • 2 tablespoons pearl barley
  • 1 quart of chicken bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • seasoning to taste
  • 1 onion peeled and sliced
  • 1 carrot peeled and diced
  • rib of celery washed and sliced
  • 1/4 pint cream or milk
  • nutmeg
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  1. Wash and blanch the pearl barley by covering it with cold water and bringing it to the boil.
  2. Strain and rinse in cold water.
  3. Melt the butter in a pan.
  4. Add the vegetables and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the barley and bouillon.
  6. Season to taste, bring to the boil and simmer for 2 hours.
  7. Sieve or blend to a puree.
  8. Return to heat add the cream and a little grated nutmeg.
  9. Do not allow to boil.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 140 minutes

Yield: 4 portions


can i use any other type of barley or does it have to be pearl?
#0 - frank - 05/09/2015 - 14:32
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