Barley Soup Recipe

German Food Recipe: Barley Soup with Chicken

This easy Barley Soup recipe, aka Graupensuppe,  is a German staple. Easy to make and so tasty. It's great for those cool autumn days and especially warming on cold winter days. Why?This soup is a "stick-to-your-ribs" satisfying comfort food! This grain is high in fiber and protein. It has a chewy texture and nutty taste, similar to brown rice. Use this soup recipe to learn how to cook barley. It really is easy.

For the soup pictured above, I added about one pound of cubed raw chicken breast to the baconThen I cooked it together for about 5 minutes. After that, I continued with the recipe. I used chicken bouillon cubes and even added a bit of curry powder. This addition turned a normal barley recipe into something WUNDERBAR !

German Barley Soup Recipe


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 - 2 tbsp oil
  • 8 oz lean bacon, diced
  • 8 oz pearl barley
  • 2 1/2 quarts broth
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • pinch ground caraway seeds (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat oil in a large pot. Add onion and cook until translucent. Add bacon and continue cooking for about 1 minute.
  • Add pearl barley and broth. Stir and bring to boil.
  • Add carrots and celery. Bring to boil and simmer, covered, about 20 minutes.
  • Add garlic and leeks. Simmer another 20 minutes until everything is tender. (The barley should still have a bit of "bite".)
  • Season with caraway (optional) and salt and pepper.


  • Add some cubed meat, such as raw chicken breast, or perhaps some pork or beef, to the bacon as you're cooking it. Brown it a bit for about 5 minutes and continue with the recipe.
  • Season with a bit of curry powder if you've added chicken. 

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Use the quantities of vegetables as a rough guide. Add extra if you wish. Add other vegetables that are lurking in your fridge -- cauliflower, potatoes, and even green beans are great additions.

For the broth, use bouillon cubes; vegetable is traditional. Using a chicken or beef broth works great as well. Be creative! It's fun making your very own easy soup recipes. Use this one as a base.

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