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Best Vegetable Chowder

I love warm, hearty soups, and this Vegetable Chowder hits the spot for me! The longer you cook it, the creamier and richer tasting it becomes.

Vegetarian Barley Soup

I love this vegetable chowder because it’s…

  • A one-pot meal
  • Wholesome
  • Filling
  • Amazingly flavorful
  • Oil-free

Though I make this vegetable chowder on the stovetop, it would also be a great option to cook this in a slow cooker. What an amazing aroma to come home to after a long day at work!

With added vegetables like corn, lima beans, onions, carrots, and celery, this chowder becomes a powerhouse of phytonutrients and antioxidants that will help keep our bodies healthy.

Barley is not only delicious but adds an excellent source of soluble fiber which reduces blood cholesterol levels.

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The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.

Fast facts on barley from Medical News Today

Key healthy barley benefits

  • Consuming barley might have benefits for the heart, blood pressure, and bones
  • Barley may be useful in maintaining a healthy weight
  • Barley provides a high percentage of an individual’s daily requirement of manganese and selenium
  • Thanks to barley’s versatility, it is easy to incorporate into meals

UPDATE: I now have a delicious Homemade Vegetable Bouillon Powder that is a wonderful addition to soups, beans, and so much more!

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Homemade Vegetable Bouillon Powder

This vegetable chowder is great with my Country Cornbread.

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This vegan cornbread is an excellent addition.

When a group of people talks about cornbread for any length of time, the discussion will always get around to the question of whether cornbread should be sweet or savory. This is my favorite Country Vegan Cornbread recipe that can be made either way–sweet or savory!

The recipe is adapted from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Nutrition facts per 1 cup serving

  • Calories: 133
  • Fat: 0.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
  • Calories from Fat: 3.2%
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Protein: 6.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27 g
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Fiber: 7.1 g
  • Sodium: 169 mg
  • Calcium: 34 mg
  • Iron: 2 mg
  • Vitamin C: 2.1 mg
  • Beta Carotene: 1244 mcg
  • Vitamin E: 0.3 mg

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bean barley chowder

Vegetarian Barley Soup

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Barley is not only delicious but adds an excellent source of soluble fiber which reduces blood cholesterol levels. This soup is great with cornbread (recipe link included). Soup recipe adapted from Dr. Neal Barnard of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.


  • 8 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup lima beans, frozen, fresh, dry
  • 1 cup corn, frozen or fresh
  • 1 cup onions, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup dry pearl barley
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce or Bragg's liquid aminos
  • salt an peper to taste
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat or rice pasta


  1. Dice the veggies--onion, celery, carrots, garlic.
  2. Place all ingredients EXCEPT PASTA in a large soup pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer until barley is tender and the broth is creamy about 1-1/4 hours.
  3. To make this in a crockpot, simply add all ingredients except pasta to a large cooker and allow to cook on low for 4-5 hours. Then, follow the last 3 steps of the recipe.
  4. Add the whole grain pasta of your choice and allow to cook an additional 15 minutes.
  5. The longer you cook this thick and hearty soup, the creamier and richer tasting it becomes.
  6. Serve hot. We like ours with cornbread. 


Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 133Total Fat: .5gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 169mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 7.1gSugar: 5gProtein: 6.2g

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Delicious warm soup

Jill Willrich

Sunday 8th of July 2018

This is very good I have made it several times. The flavor is wonderful and the barley fills you up.

Tom King

Tuesday 13th of December 2016

I like soups and find this Bean and Barley Chowder interesting, thanks

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