Recipe: Kale Barley Soup

I love hearty, filling soups and this kale barley soup is an absolute winner. It’s like a minestrone with an added boost of kale. It’s filling enough to work for dinner – especially when served with some crusty bread – and reheats oh so well. Basically, it’s a winner all round!

Kale Barley Soup | I Spy Plum Pie

I amended a recipe I found at Taste

Ingredients List

  • Medium onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 sticks celery
  • 1 zucchini
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • Olive oil
  • 3tsp paprika
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 1/3 cup pearl barley
  • 1/2 bunch kale
  • 400g can borlotti or cannellini beans
  • Salt and pepper
  • Flat-leaf parsley


  1. Dice the onion, carrots, celery and zucchini. Mince the garlic
  2. Heat some oil in a heavy bottomed saucepan then added the diced vegetables and garlic. Cook for 5-10 minutes, until vegetables are softened
  3. Add the paprika and stir to coat the veggies
  4. Add the tinned tomatoes, stock and barley and stir to combine. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, until the barley is cooked
  5. Shred the kale and drain the beans, then add to the pan, stirring through. Cook until kale is wilted
  6. Season, then spoon in to bowls and top with fresh parsley

Kale Barley Soup | I Spy Plum Pie

The photos don’t do justice just how delicious this kale barley soup is. Seriously, it’s so good. It’s such a good meal to have on a cold winter night to warm you from the inside out. I love that I can make this soup on a Sunday and not only have a delicious dinner that night, but reheat it for the next few dinners as well. My favourite kind of cooking!

I upped the flavour ante by using both the garlic and smoked hickory salts I was sent a while back which was an excellent idea. Of course regular salt is still excellent, but if you get your hands on some of these flavoured salts I recommend it! I used borlotti beans this time around, but cannellini beans work just as well. Go with whatever is in the cupboard!

Kale Barley Soup | I Spy Plum Pie

So, who’s putting kale barley soup on their menu this week?

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