Vegetable Barley Stew

By Published On: August 7, 2023Categories: Healthy Recipes, Recipe, Soups & Stews
vegetable barley stew

Are you looking for a delicious, hearty meal to make the most of those fresh farmer’s market veggies? Our Vegetable Barley Stew is the answer! It’s a delightful medley of fresh seasonal produce, that’s great any time of year! This stew is the perfect embodiment of comfort food that warms the heart and nourishes the body.

Adding to the stew’s robust character is barley. This nutrient-dense grain is a powerhouse of fiber and protein to ensure that this dish isn’t just tasty, but also a balanced, satisfying meal.

For those who want an extra protein boost, consider adding cannellini beans. These creamy, mild beans integrate seamlessly with the stew, and all they require is a quick drain, rinse, and warm-up during the last 10 minutes of cooking.

The versatility of this stew is one of its biggest strengths. It is flexible enough to accommodate whatever fresh produce you have on hand or prefer. This adaptability also means the stew can take on the character of the seasons, as different veggies become available throughout the year.

Vegetable Barley Stew is an ode to fresh produce and a celebration of hearty, comforting flavors. It’s the ideal dish to enjoy the bounty of the season while savoring a meal that truly satisfies. Grab your favorite soup pot and get ready to transform your farmer’s market haul into a big bowlful of deliciousness!

vegetable barley stew

Farmer's Market Vegetable Barley Stew

Looking for a hearty meal using fresh farmer's market veggies? Dive into our Vegetable Barley Stew, rich with produce and flavors of the season!
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Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegan soup, vegetable stew
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 3-4 large tomatoes diced (or one 14.5 oz can diced fire-roasted tomatoes)
  • 5 carrots peeled & cut into chunks
  • 3 large potatoes cut into chunks
  • 4 ears of corn husk removed
  • 1 cup green beans halved
  • 2 kale leaves chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini chopped
  • 1/2 head cabbage shredded
  • 1/2 cup barley
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • In a large pot over medium-high heat. Add 1/4 cup of water and diced onion. Saute onion until translucent.
  • Add the broth, carrots, potatoes, corn, and green beans. Simmer until vegetables are tender—about 15-20 minutes.
  • Add remaining vegetables and barley and simmer an additional 10-15 minutes until vegetables are cooked to your liking.
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