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Oma's Barley Soup Recipe

White bowl of chicken barley soup, German-style
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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 !

Oma's German Barley Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp oil
  • 8 oz lean bacon, diced
  • 8 oz pearl barley
  • 2½ 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

Instructions:

  • 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.

Hint:

  • 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. 

Like the soup above? You'll love looking at and making more of Oma's soups. All so quick and easy!

What makes these soups so wunderbar? They bring back such wonderful memories of my Mutti's kitchen. So, of course, I had to write my own soup e-cookbook to share with my grandchildren. I know you'll LOVE it, too! There are 84 full-color pages filled with step-by-step instructions and hints. Take a quick peek ...

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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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