Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup

November/December 2010

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Serve this zesty bean and barley soup garnished with chopped fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime, if desired.

"I wonder about the slow cooker version of this recipe - it indicates to use 2 cups of water instead of 9 cups. Can this be incorrect? It doesn't seem like nearly enough water to soften the beans. "
Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup

30 Reviews for Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup

Easy Vegan Crockpot Soup

I used exactly the volume of liquids for the crockpot version, doubled the spices like some others said and cooked on high for about 10 hours-after soaking the beans overnight. The beans were done perfectly but carrots and celery were mush by then. The amount of liquid was perfect but I do like thick soups. Not sure how to get around the overcooked vegetables and perfect bean conundrum.

really simple, uses ingredients on hand
Could use extra flavor

being a soup made of beans and vegetables, maybe i was hoping for more than i should have been, but there was very little flavor. however, this was a very easy fix. I added salt to taste in my bowl, and since i was eating from right out of the pot, i added a little bit of whole milk to cool the soup down. Once i had done this, the soup was divine!

really healthy and light, love, love, love the texture of the barley!
Not Crockpot Friendly

This recipe may be okay cooked on the stovetop but doesn't lend itself to crockpot cooking. The barley was mushy and slimy which was a turn off. The seasoning it called for was not enough so it was very bland. I had to add a lot more just to make it edible.

The recipe was undeniably healthy and easy
Zesty and healthy!

I made this in slow cooker. I subbed drained canned beans, to expedite cooking. Added rotel tomatoes and tripled spices. I subbed some already cooked quinoa for the barley. I also used my immersion blender to liquify about two cups worth. Gave the broth a creamy texture. Still used two cups of broth.Really loved it!

Easy, cheap
Comments (2)


Anonymous wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

If you used cooked quinoa did

If you used cooked quinoa did you still use 9 cups of water?

Anonymous wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

I was wondering if you could

I was wondering if you could substitue quinoa


I made this with vegetable broth and added a can of diced tomatoes. This soup is amazing. I did make a double batch and I'm really happy I did.

Easy, vegetarian, hearty, healthy

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