Miso-Spiked Vegetable Soup with Barley
Here’s a hearty vegetable soup that’s the perfect antidote to a blustery day. The addition of miso adds robustness and a hint of complexity that is often lacking in simple vegetable soups. Serve this with your favorite sandwich for a delicious soup and sandwich meal.
Works best in a large (minimum 5-quart) slow cooker.
Use the variety of barley you prefer — pearled, pot or whole. Whole (also known as hulled) barley is the most nutritious form of the grain.
Serves6 as a main course
Cooking Methodslow cooking
OccasionCasual Dinner Party
Recipe Coursemain course
Dietary Considerationdiabetic, egg-free, healthy, high fiber, low cholesterol, low-fat, peanut free, tree nut free, vegan, vegetarian
Taste and Textureherby, savory, umami
Type of Dishhot soup
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
- 4 carrots, peeled and diced
- 4 stalks celery, diced
- 2 onions, finely chopped
- 1 tsp (5 ml) dried thyme
- ½ tsp (2 ml) cracked black peppercorns
- 1 cup (250 ml) barley (see tip), rinsed and drained
- 7 cups (1.75L ) vegetable or chicken stock (store-bought or see recipes)
- 2 cups (500 ml) sliced green beans
- ¼ cup (50 ml) dark miso
- ½ cup (125 ml) finely chopped fresh parsley
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add carrots, celery and onions; cook, stirring, until carrots are softened, about 7 minutes. Add thyme and peppercorns; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add barley and toss to coat. Add stock and bring to a boil. Transfer to slow cooker stoneware.
Cover and cook on Low for 8 hours or on High for 4 hours, until barley is tender. Add green beans and miso. Cover and cook on High until beans are tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in parsley.
3. Ladle into bowls and garnish with Parmesan (if using).
Miso-Spiked Vegetable Soup with Wheat Berries
Substitute an equal quantity of wheat, spelt or Kamut berries for the barley.
Complete Step 1. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. When you’re ready to cook, continue with the recipe.
2008 Judith Finlayson