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

29 Reviews for Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup

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 1 year 43 weeks ago

If you used cooked quinoa did

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

Anonymous wrote 1 year 43 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

This recipe was great for the crock pot. But I can't imagine seven less cups of water! I made it on the stove and then put it in the crock pot. That way I didn't have to stir it. It's still very good. I can see that reducing the liquid would make it thicker. I might try it that way next time.

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Anonymous wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

Two cups IS too little. I

Two cups IS too little. I used the two cups then added more water/broth as it cooked. Wish I'd kept track of how much more I added.

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