Pearl Barley Minestrone

An astoundingly delicious vegetarian (or even vegan!) soup. My little one loved this and ate everything in her bowl.


Pearl Barley Minestrone
Serves 6
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
  1. 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  2. 1 onion, chopped finely
  3. 4 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 2 carrots, diced
  5. 2 celery stalks, diced
  6. 1 big potato, diced
  7. 2 medium zucchinis, diced
  8. 100 grams cauliflower, chopped
  9. 1 (15 oz) can fire-roasted tomatoes
  10. 150 grams pearl barley
  11. 1 liter vegetable broth
  12. 1 handful parsley, chopped finely
  13. 12 leaves basil, chopped finely
  14. 150 grams chard, or kale, small shreds
  15. salt & pepper
  16. parmigiano reggiano (amount depends to your liking)
  1. Coat bottom of large pot with olive oil. Saute onion on medium heat for a few minutes until softened. Add garlic and saute for a minute.
  2. Add carrots and saute for couple of minutes.
  3. Add celery and saute for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add potato, zucchini, cauliflower, and tomatoes. Mix well.
  5. Add barley and broth.
  6. Turn heat up to medium high, bring to boil. Turn down heat to low simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes or until barley is al dente.
  7. Add parsley, basil, and chard or kale. Turn off heat and stir greens into soup until they are wilted.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve with parmigiano reggiano and extra virgin olive oil to top.
Adapted from
Motley Oklahoman

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