Full of Beans and Barley Soup

Preparation info
  • Makes

    7 cups

    • Difficulty


Appears in
The Kick Diabetes Cookbook

By Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina

Published 2018

  • About

Beans and barley are the perfect combination for comfort and satiety, and for defeating diabetes. The least processed barley is hulled barley, followed by pot and then pearl. If possible, opt for hulled or pot barley.


  • cups (1.125 L) water or vegetable broth
  • ½ onion, diced


Put the water, onion, celery, carrot, barley, basil, rosemary, thyme, and optional red pepper flakes in a large soup pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Decrease the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the barley is tender, about 1 hour. If the mixture is dry, add a little more water.

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