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Lentil, Barley & Vegetable Soup

Warm yourself up with this super substantial and satisfying soup! Made with legumes, whole grains, and vegetable, it's packed with protein and minerals to help get you through the colder months.

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 50 Minutes
Yield: Serves 6


This is one of those soups that definitely feels like a proper meal! It's thick, hearty, and incredibly easy to make. 

A lot of the barley sold in stores is "pearled" barley, which has the outer husk and bran removed. This recipe uses whole or "hulled" barley, which has the bran in tact. Try to source this variety if you can. It does take longer to cook, but has a fabulous texture and flavour, and significantly more fibre. If, however, you can only find pearled barley, that's no problem. Just be sure to reduce the cooking time in step 2 to 30 minutes.

I use celery, carrot, and parsnip in this recipe, but you can use other vegetables instead. Celeriac, turnip, or sweet potato can be used as substitutes for any of the vegetables listed.


  • 1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth 
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3 large celery stalks, sliced
  • 3 large carrots, diced
  • 1 large parsnip, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 cup whole barley
  • 1 tsp. sumac (or substitute 1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest)
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. dried sage
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 2.5 litres (10 cups) low-sodium vegetable broth, extra
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper


  1. In a very large cooking pot, combine the 1/2 cup of vegetable broth with the onion, garlic, celery, carrots, and parsnip. Saute over a medium-high heat for 6-7 minutes until soft.
  2. Add the lentils, barley, sumac, thyme, oregano, sage, bay leaf, and extra 2.5 litres of vegetable broth. Bring everything to a boil, then reduce heat to a medium simmer. Cover the pot and leave to cook for 45 minutes.
  3. Remove soup from the heat, and stir through the parsley and black pepper. Allow to stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Prepared soup will keep, refrigerated, for up to 4 days. It can also be frozen in sealed containers for up to 2 months.