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Bacon, Barley and Bean Soup Recipe

Updated on September 2, 2012
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Barley soup is good as it is, but when you add a little meat to it, it’s even better. There are recipes for it with beef or chicken. This one uses diced thick bacon. It’s great on a cold day served with crunchy garlic bread.


1 large onion, diced

2 celery stalks, diced

2 medium carrots, diced

2 medium zucchinis, diced

8 cups chicken or vegetable broth

1 cup pinto or white beans pre-soaked (or canned is fine)

1/3 cup crushed tomatoes or paste

1 cup pearl Barley

1 lb. thick bacon, diced

½ tsp. pepper

½ tsp. basil

½ tsp. oregano

½ tsp. thyme

2 bay leaves


1. In a cooking pot or Dutch oven, over medium heat, cook diced bacon until cooked thoroughly.

2. Remove from pot leaving fat juices behind.

3. Add onion, carrots, celery, zucchini, bay leaves, pepper and sauté in bacon fat until translucent (about 5 minutes)

4. Return bacon back to the pot.

5. Add broth, beans, tomatoes, barley, basil, oregano, and thyme.

6. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low and simmer for two hours or until barley soft.

7. Re-season if desired.

8. Remove bay leaves.

9. Serve and enjoy.


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      Edgar Arkham 6 years ago from San Jose, CA

      Lilleyth: I'm glad you find this one interesting. I made it not so long and homemade soup is so much better than anything canned. Thanks for reading!

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      Suzanne Sheffield 6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      My crockpot is always filled with some sort of homemade soup so I'm always looking for a new recipe. This one sounds wonderful.

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      Edgar Arkham 6 years ago from San Jose, CA

      albertsj: They do go good together. Hope you enjoy them when you do give them a try! Thanks for reading.

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      jacy albertson 6 years ago from Lake Mary, Fl

      There really should be a "yummy button". Love it, will be trying...and making Peanut butter ice cream for desert...; )

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      Edgar Arkham 6 years ago from San Jose, CA

      Thank you for reaading; I hope you enjoy it!

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This soup sounds really good. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I'll be making this soon.