Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup Serve this zesty bean and barley soup garnished with chopped fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime, if desired.

total: 2 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 6


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 large stalk celery, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 9 cups water
  • 4 cups (32-ounce carton) reduced-sodium chicken broth, “no-chicken” broth or vegetable broth
  • ½ cup pearl barley
  • ⅓ cup dried black beans
  • ⅓ cup dried great northern beans
  • ⅓ cup dried kidney beans
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¾ teaspoon salt


    Step 1

    Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, celery and carrot and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add water, broth, barley, black beans, great northern beans, kidney beans, chili powder, cumin and oregano. Bring to a lively simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender, 1¾ to 2½ hours (adding more water, ½ cup at a time, if necessary or desired). Season with salt.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: about 1 1/3 cups Per Serving: 205 calories; protein 8.8g; carbohydrates 36.4g; dietary fiber 10.6g; sugars 3.4g; fat 3.2g; saturated fat 0.5g; vitamin a iu 2462.6IU; vitamin c 3.5mg; folate 110.1mcg; calcium 82.6mg; iron 2.9mg; magnesium 65.3mg; potassium 465.9mg; sodium 454.5mg; thiamin 0.2mg. Exchanges:

2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 lean meat, 1/2 fat


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