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pearl barley vegan soup with leeks

Pearl Barley and Leek Soup

A simple soup recipe making use of the hearty pearl barley grain to make a chunky vegetable soup. Another recipe with British Leeks to show the versatility of this vegetable.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Servings 4 people


  • 1 leek green ends included
  • 1 white onion finely diced
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter
  • 3 large cloves garlic
  • 150 g pearl barley
  • 1 l stock water and stock cube
  • 1 tsp dried sage and thyme
  • Large pinch of salt & pepper
  • Top with fresh parsley and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil


  • Start by chopping the carrot, leek and onion, sweat off in a large pot with the vegan butter for around 3 minutes before adding the minced garlic
  • Rinse the pearl barley then add to the pot, add the veg stock and dried herbs and leave to simmer for around 35 minutes (or until the pearl barley is cooked)
  • Season generously with salt and pepper and serve with the fresh parsley and extra virgin olive oil