Monday , January 24 2022
Winter Vegetable and Barley Soup 1

Winter Vegetable and Barley Soup

Winter Vegetable and Barley Soup 2

The Plant Power Doctor

Whip up this hearty soup from Dr Gemma Newman and her new cookbook, The Plant Power Doctor.

This hearty soup is perfect for colder months when you need something filling and nutritious to power you through the afternoon. This recipe is very versatile and can be made using any root veg you have at home.

  • Extracted from The Plant Power Doctor by Dr Gemma Newman (Ebury Press, £16.99) Photography by Dave Brown

Makes four to six portions


1tbsp of olive oil
1 onion, finely diced
2 sticks celery, finely diced
700g vegetables, unpeeled, if possible, and diced – select at least 3 from:
carrots, pumpkin, squash, celeriac, beetroot, swede, parsnip, turnip, kohlrabi
A bouquet garni of 2 sprigs rosemary, 2 sprigs parsley and 2 bay leaves

1tsp of dried oregano
4 garlic cloves, lightly crushed
100g of pearled barley
1.2 litres of vegetable stock
1 tsp of Marmite or alternative yeast extract (optional)
150g of cavolo nero, kale,Savoy cabbage or similar, shredded
Salt and pepper 

If using the oil, heat it in a large saucepan or casserole. Add the onion, celery and all the vegetables and sauté gently, stirring regularly, until starting to caramelise slightly around the edges. If not using the oil, add all the vegetables to the saucepan with 2 tbsp water. Cook over a low heat, stirring very regularly, and add more water at intervals until everything is starting to brown.

Add the bouquet garni, oregano and garlic to the pan along with the pearled barley. Season with salt and pepper and add the vegetable stock and the Marmite or yeast extract, if using. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and partially cover. Simmer gently for around 30 minutes until the vegetables are well on their way to being tender. Add the kale or cabbage to the pot and push down into the liquid. Add a little more stock or water if necessary – it should be quite a thick, hearty soup. Continue to simmer for another 30 minutes until the greens are completely wilted down, the vegetables are tender and breaking up, and the barley is cooked through. Check for seasoning and serve.

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