Best Vegetable Chowder

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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.

diced onions on cutting board

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.

vegan cornbread slice on silver plate with cast iron pan in background
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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Vegetarian Barley Soup

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.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients 

  • 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

Instructions

  • Dice the veggies--onion, celery, carrots, garlic.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add the whole grain pasta of your choice and allow to cook an additional 15 minutes.
  • The longer you cook this thick and hearty soup, the creamier and richer tasting it becomes.
  • Serve hot. We like ours with cornbread. 

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Notes

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

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 6.2g | Fat: 0.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 169mg | Fiber: 7.1g | Sugar: 5g

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4 Comments

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

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