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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Recipe Summary

1 hr 30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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; protein 2.6g; carbohydrates 15.2g; dietary fiber 3.5g; sugars 4.1g; fat 0.3g; saturated fat 0.1g; cholesterol 1.7mg; vitamin a iu 1031.7IU; vitamin c 18.3mg; folate 24.9mcg; calcium 38.4mg; iron 0.7mg; magnesium 23.9mg; potassium 333.7mg; sodium 370.8mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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4 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
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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
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
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
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