Hearty Bean Barley Soup



Time for the Secret Recipe Club reveal day! I must admit this is one challenge I am so happy to be in! Every month, once our reveal is done, I eagerly wait to see which blog is assigned for the coming month. A food blogger never gets tired of going through another food blog. The only issue is that it gives a feeling that there is still so much to try! ๐Ÿ˜€ I don’t think that is bad at all. As long as we realize that cooking is a continuous learning process, it will make you feel fine. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย The blog assigned to me for this month was “Our Eating Habits“. The owner of the blog, Jamie is the mother of three lovely kids, who are home-schooled, and she absolutely enjoys cooking for them. It is so well evident on her blog. The range of recipes on the blog is truly amazing. I made my life easier by skipping the non-vegetarian dishes and browsed through the vegetarian options and the bake section (obviously! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).




While browsing, I was so tempted by theย Apple Walnut Cheddar Saladย andย Carrot Coriander Soup. Of course, I wouldn’t want to miss the “sweet” index and loved the Sour Cream Brown Sugar Ice Creamย and the Biscoff Scones. But the recipe that won my heart was this soup. I loved everything that was in this soup – the barley, the beans, the heavy tomato flavor… It was so easy to put together and cook, and at the end of the day, you have a hale and hearty meal on its own! I adjusted the recipe as per the availability in my pantry and I would definitely say that this is a soup I will repeat often for sure, when I run out of ideas or have no mood to cook! ๐Ÿ˜‰ What I loved best was HD’s “hmm hmm” sounds when he was having the soup. This was surprising since I have rarely heard him say that with food! You may hear such sounds from me but not from him, he is someone who prefers to keep quiet while eating, even if the food is good. ๐Ÿ˜€ That means that the soup was amazing. I better not talk about the kids as ย I have not been able to convert them into soup likers – they are total tough nuts to crack! ๐Ÿ˜• I guess I have to insulate myself from their reactions, but as long as HD enjoyed and I loved it, I am going to make this for ourselves again, during the coming winter months! ๐Ÿ˜€ Off to the way I made it…




4.5 from 2 votes

Hearty Bean Barley Soup

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic mashed
  • 1 onion minced
  • 1 large carrot chopped
  • 1 to mato chopped
  • 3 heaped tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup kidney beans soaked overnight and drained
  • 1/4 cup pearl barley washed and drained
  • 1 ltr water
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes I used Maggi
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch spinach chopped


  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Briefly fry the garlic till a nice aroma comes.
  • Add in the onions and carrots and saute till slightly wilted.
  • Add in the tomato and paste and mix well.
  • Now add in the beans, barley, water and stock cubes and give a good mix.
  • Close the lid of the cooker. Cook on high upto three whistles, lower the flame and cook for another three whistles. Switch off and allow to cool.
  • Open the lid, add in the spinach and cook for a couple of minutes till it is wilted. Adjust salt and pepper.
  • Serve warm as is! It is good as a meal!


For those who do not use pressure cooker, cook in your normal pot on medium-low flame till the barley and beans are done.


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  1. Instructions #5 and #6: Would you provide stove-top cooking instructions, please?

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I have updated in the notes, you just need to cook till done. Barley cooks faster, so you can even use canned beans to make it easy…

  2. healthy one pot meal.. yum!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Veena…

  3. I love this kind of thick soup, it is so versatile and always delicious!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Adina…

  4. 5 stars
    I love hearty soups on cold and blustery days like today. This would be the perfect way to warm up, filling, delicious, and healthy! Great choice for the SRC!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jane…

  5. Delicious healthy filling soup

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Beena…

  6. My husband would love this soup! I’ll definitely have to give it a try once it gets chilly again.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Heather…

  7. I am definitely a soup person. This looks very warming and tasty.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Angie…

  8. Thank you so much for all the kind words! So glad that you liked the soup!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much dear…

  9. This looks like the perfect soup for fall!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Anne…

  10. what a great soup for fall! so warm & cozy ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Sarah… ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Sharmila…

  11. 4 stars
    This looks like a tasty, filling winter soup.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Margaret…

  12. Healthy and super yum soup..bookmarked.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Suja…

  13. healthy and nutritious soup

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Amrita…

  14. Kids are so difficult to please and its worse when one likes it and the other doesnt … love the soup looks yummy and comforting

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nammi…

  15. Quite the hearty soup! Perfect for the cooler weather. I have been meaning to add a pressure cooker to my wishlist.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Tara…

  16. Delicious and flavorful soup…..!! The best one to have for this coming winter…..!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Remya…

  17. I like a thick soup better than a broth-y one, and your’s looks perfect!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much April…

  18. Its time of the year here to start making soup :(. Cold and rainy. This soup looks perfect for the cold days with the side of freshly baked rolls.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Shibi… ๐Ÿ™‚

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