Crock Pot Barley Vegetable Soup

Crock Pot Barley Vegetable Soup

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 8 hrs
Total Time: 8 hrs 20 mins
Total: 16 hrs 40 mins
Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
210 Calories
1g Fat
42g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 210
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 486mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 11g 38%
Protein 9g
Calcium 133mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This thick and hearty vegetarian Crock Pot Barley Vegetable Soup recipe is packed full of nutrition. With barley, tons of veggies, and sweet potatoes, no one will miss the meat. And the recipe is so easy to cook in the slow cooker. When you get home, the aroma that will greet you as you open the door is mouth-watering.

Barley is a wonderful grain to cook in the slow cooker. Be sure that you buy pearl barley, which has had the outer hull removed so it will be tender when it's done cooking. Barley is packed full of fiber, which may help to prevent some types of disease such as cancer. And it tastes delicious! It has a mild nutty flavor and chewy but tender texture you'll love.

You can use any vegetables you'd like in this hearty recipe. Use russet potatoes in place of the sweet potatoes, add sliced summer squash or zucchini, add parsnips or rutabagas, or stir in some frozen sweet peas along with tomatoes at the end of cooking time. The soup is very tolerant, which means you can add or subtract ingredients and it will still be delicious.

This soup freezes well too. Make a big batch and eat some tonight, then freeze in 2 or 4-cup portions in a solid freezer container. Label the soup, add the date it was made, and freeze up to 3 months. To serve, thaw in the fridge overnight, then heat on the stove top until the soup bubbles and is thoroughly heated.

Serve this soup with some toasted cheese bread, a glass of red wine, and a green or fruit salad on a cold winter night.


  • 1 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp. fennel seed
  • 3 carrots (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 2 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 sweet potatoes (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 2 cups frozen green beans
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 3 (14 oz). cans vegetable broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 14-oz. can diced tomatoes with herbs (undrained)
  • 2 cups baby spinach

Steps to Make It

  1. Place all ingredients except the can of diced tomatoes in a 5 to 6 quart crock pot in the order given. Do not stir.

  2. Cover crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours. Stir soup and add tomatoes and baby spinach; stir again to combine.

  3. Cover crockpot and cook for 20 to 30 minutes longer until soup is hot and spinach is wilted. Remove and discard bay leaf before serving.