Healthy Swiss Barley Soup Recipe

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Swiss Barley Soup, or Bunder Gerstensuppe, is traditionally eaten in the Swiss Alps.  It is a warm, delicious soup that comforts you after being outdoors. This is a healthier version of this soup.


Pearled Barley  – Potatoes  – Vegetables – This soup has plenty of vegetables from potatoes, leeks, onions, celery, and carrots.   – Half and Half  – Bacon


First, heat olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Add onion and leek and cook until the vegetables begin to soften


Then, add the carrots, celery, bay leaf, and bacon.  Then lower the heat to medium.  Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Next, add the stock, barley, and potatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low to simmer.  Simmer for 1 hour, uncovered,


After 1 hour, remove the bay leaf.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Stir in the half and half.


Allow the half and half to cook through for 1-2 minutes, without boiling.  Then remove the pot from heat. Ladle into bowls and add parsley.

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