Barley and Leafy Greens Soup

Okay, so I got a little excited at the title. But I wasn’t sure what to make for dinner tonight. I have a contractor coming by to check on the heat and fix my oven at 8:00 pm. A weird time. But all right. So, I decided to throw a few ingredients into my slow cooker – whatever I had on hand. And well, we’ll see how it turns out.

I didn’t have any vegetable or chicken bouillon cubes and I don’t have time to make my own stock. I literally, just grabbed a handful of vegetables and threw them in the pot. It’ll be interesting to eat that’s for sure. Tonight, I used mostly frozen veggies with exception of the spinach (which I forgot I even had). I also skipped the onion.


  • 1 cup of pot barley
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1 cup of mushrooms diced
  • 1 cup of frozen carrots
  • 1 cup of frozen corn
  • 1.5 cups of broccoli
  • 1.5 cups of spinach (stems cut off)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • A pinch of thyme (you can also add parsley)
  • Black pepper, salt and garlic powder for seasoning
  • Optional: a pinch of red chili flakes
  • Approx. 5 cups of cold water


  • Soak the pot barley in 1 cup of cold water for about an hour. Add some salt and garlic to the mix for added flavour.
  • If using fresh vegetables, wash and cut all your veggies into cubes or small pieces. and put them aside.
  • Turn your slow-cooker onto low heat and drop in a bullion cube (I used beef). Add about four cups of cold water and a pinch of salt. Whisk until the cube has broken up or dissolved completely.
  • Add in the rest of your ingredients and season to taste.
  • Top it off with a bay leaf. You can also add spices like thyme or basil.

Cooking Time

Cooking time will vary depending on your slow-cooker. If cooking on low heat, cook for 4-6 hours. On high heat, cook about 2-3 hours. Check on your soup every 30 minutes and give it a good stir. I always taste it as it cooks to see if it needs more seasoning.

In regards to stock, check out my post from earlier today with good resources on how to make your own stock. One of these days, I’ll make my own – it just seems like a lot of work for one person. 🙂

What’s your favorite type of soup? Let me know if you’ve tried any of my recipes and how they turned out!

UPDATE: best soup ever?

After a taste test, I felt the soup was bland. I chopped up some onions for my dinner and threw them into the pot. Added some mushrooms. And then decided to throw in a couple of pinches of red chili flakes. I gotta tell you. This may have been the BEST soup I’ve ever made. It was delicious. I can’t wait to have it for dinner tonight.

Best. Soup. Ever.

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