Sausage Barley Soup Recipe -
Sausage Barley Soup Recipe
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Sausage Barley Soup

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"This is a nice soup recipe with a lot of texture and flavor. It is a welcome change for those weeks when there doesn't seem to be a lot of variety... and all 3 of my kids even loved it. This can also be cooked in a pan on the stove until the barley and carrot are tender, but I prefer the slow cooker method. The flavors seem to blend better."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    4 hrs

    4 hrs 15 mins


  1. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the sausage, onion, and garlic until the sausage is evenly brown. Season with Italian seasoning. Remove from heat, and drain.
  2. In a slow cooker, mix the sausage mixture, chicken broth, carrot, spinach, and barley.
  3. Cover, and cook 4 hours on High or 6 to 8 hours on Low.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 08, 2006

Wonderful soup! Hit the spot on a cold Winter's day! Immediately upon reading this recipe, I knew I had to use more of some of the ingredients ~ I used three carrots, 1/2 cup barley, three cloves of garlic and a tad more Italian seasoning. I also used hot Italian sausage. I might take the advice of other reviewers and add a can of diced tomatoes next time too! Another thing...this feeds way more the four people it says. My large crockpot was overflowing! That's not a problem, though, because now I have some for the freezer!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 13, 2006

This soup was alright - certainly not up there with some of the others I have tried. I made it exactly as written, without modification. The soup was absolutley swimming in spinach, green in appearance, slimy in texture. The sausage was a nice change, and the barley was good. The leftovers went uneaten (a rarity in my house). Would not make again.

May 09, 2006

This is my new FAVORITE soup! I used hot sausage and it was amazingly good. Doubled up on the seasoning and garlic and used one bag of baby carrots. AWESOME!

Feb 19, 2006

This is a really good and hearty soup. I used 8 c of chicken broth, 3 carrots (per other reviewers) and doubled the amount of barley, since I'm a huge barley fan. I cooked the soup in the crock pot for 8 hours (overnight) and then put in the fridge to later be heated up when I got home from work. I think it really let the flavors marry. Maybe next time I will try making this with hot Italian sausage (use bulk; easier to cook) and will keep the sausage in bigger pieces. I will definitely be making this one again!

Jan 30, 2006

Well, I made a couple of changes to the original recipe based on other reviewers' suggestions, and it turned out SO GOOD! :) I used 3 carrots instead of 1, added quarter cup each of frozen peas & carrots, a can of italian style diced tomatoes, and 2 beef bouillon cubes. Unfortunately, my soup ended up cooking for 11 hours while I was at work, so my only complaint was that the spinach was a little slimy and the veggies and barley were mushy...but it certainly didn't detract from the awesome taste!! As others said, it isn't the prettiest soup in the world, but it tastes so good, that I will definitley make this again (and would for company, too! :)

Apr 27, 2006

Delicious! I used hot Italian sausage, cut into chunks, and it gave the soup such a kick. I used two carrots and a little more barley (1/3 cup) as suggested, tossed in some dried basil/oregano/garlic salt (didn't have Italian seasoning on hand) and skipped the spinach, as I haven't had luck with keeping spinach non-slimy in soup. It was so good! We heated up the left-overs the next night and it was still just as delicious. The light chicken broth complemented the spicy sausage really well.

Dec 11, 2005

I used hot Italian sausage, real spinach, extra barley and mushrooms when I made this. I made this twice for a group of guys doing construction in near zero temps. Both times they thought it was great and asked me to send the recipe to their wives. Really warms a cold belly!

Mar 16, 2006

An excellent soup for a cold day! I added shredded carrot (I don't care for sliced carrots), a can of diced tomatoes, a can of sliced mushrooms, and used hot sausage. I don't understand comments that it didn't look good--it looked like homemade soup! And as for it being thick as a leftover, well, that's how we like our soup. Great flavor!


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  • Calories
  • 382 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 23.2 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 54 mg
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 22.9 g
  • 35%
  • Fiber
  • 4.5 g
  • 18%
  • Protein
  • 20.7 g
  • 41%
  • Sodium
  • 2722 mg
  • 109%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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