This hearty soup is full of root vegetables: celery root, rutabaga, carrots and parsnips. The chowder is made with beef broth, but vegetable broth can be used instead to make a vegetarian version. This robust-flavored recipe makes 12 first-course portions. Or serve double-size portions along with a salad and crusty bread for dinner.

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  • Bring broth and water to a boil in a Dutch oven. Add barley. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until the barley is tender, about 20 minutes.

  • Add celery root, turnip, rutabaga, carrot, parsnip, cabbage, onion, tomatoes, bay leaf, salt, sage, thyme and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until all the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. Discard the bay leaf before serving.

Nutrition Facts

71 calories; 0.3 g total fat; 0.1 g saturated fat; 2 mg cholesterol; 371 mg sodium. 334 mg potassium; 15.2 g carbohydrates; 3.5 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 2.6 g protein; 1032 IU vitamin a iu; 18 mg vitamin c; 25 mcg folate; 38 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 24 mg magnesium;

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4 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
As healthy as it is tasty! This Autumn Chowder is unsurpassed for seasonal cooking with fresh local autumn vegetables. This recipe makes a huge pot of chowder and the timing is quick: while the barley cooks you chop the fresh vegetables and 30 minutes later you are ready to eat. It is pretty inexpensive and full of healthful goodness. Love it! Pros: Healthy Tasty Quick Different! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This was a great soup! i didn't follow the instructions exactly but i rarely do with soups. i used vegetable broth and skipped the cabbage. mine turned out like a stew. loved all the root vegetables especially the celery root and rutabaga! excellent for fall weather served with crusty bread! mariko Philadelphia PA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Followed the recipe except doubled it. Very filling. Will stick with single recipe as does get a little old to eat several days in a row. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Really tasty and lo fat/lo cal/ hi fiber I was a little nervous about making this but it has great nutritional stats and it's another way to get more veggies into my diet. It's very tasty so I needn't have worried. This will definitely go into my healthful foods rotation. Pros: lo fat/lo cal/ hi fiber Cons: Lots of chopping Read More