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Slow Cooked Barley Lentil Soup

I seem to be easily falling into a habit of using my new crock pot to prepare Monday night dinner.  I assemble most of it the night before, add a few last-minute items and plug it in right before leaving the house.  Sunday evening prep was simple because I was already chopping veggies for dinner, I just chopped some into a separate bowl.  I had the barley and lentils measured out in a bowl ready to add in just before cooking.  My only job on Monday morning was to scrub and dice the potato.  Does anyone know if it would have gone bad overnight with the broth while refrigerated?  I decided not to risk it.

A couple of people have asked about my new job.  This week is better than last.  It’s all starting to come together for me.  I was told that they have a term “Lightbulb Tuesday” which is apparently when most people have their “Aha” moment.   It was true for me.  Now I just have a couple of exams to pass Thursday and Friday.  Next Monday I go live.  I’m pretty excited about that!  I’m working with an incredible group of people who are intelligent and interesting to hang out with.  It’s all good.

Anyway, try the soup, it’s souper (haha) easy and makes a hearty fall meal.  I can easily see adding some other veggies or beans but really it doesn’t need it.  The spices really gave it a unique flavor but if you don’t have all of them just wing it and use something else that will provide a similar richness.

Vegan Persian Barley Soup in a Slow Cooker


1 cup of lentils (rinsed)

1 cup of pearled barley (rinsed)

1 medium onion, finely diced

1  large or 2 small potatoes, diced

1 cup sliced carrots

2 garlic cloves, grated or in small pieces

1 teaspoon  each turmeric, cumin, garam masala

6 cups vegetable stock (low sodium)

1+ cup water (I added more before serving because it was so thick)

8-12 oz can tomato sauce (or a can of petite diced tomatoes)

Salt and pepper to taste

Fresh chopped herbs of choice for topping if desired


1. Combine all dry ingredients into a large slow cooker (mine is a 5 1/2 quart beast). Stir thoroughly.  I combined all ingredients except the lentils, potato and barley the night before and refrigerated, then put them in the pot just before cooking.

2. Cover and cook for a minimum of 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.  Check seasoning before serving and top with choice of herbs



Lentil Barley Soup

I actually made this recipe about a week ago when it was quite cold in Florida.  I was looking for a recipe that would warm us up while being hearty and filling.  I ended up taking a few components from several different recipes and created my own.  It came out very well and will absolutely be making it again in the future.

Lentil Barley Soup


1 medium sized onion diced

2 large or 4 small carrots sliced ½ inch thick

2 celery stalks diced

1 cup lentils

¾ cup quick barley

2 14 oz cans vegetable broth

2 14 oz cans filled with water

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon tumeric

½ teaspoon sage

Salt and pepper to taste


Heat oil in a stock pot and saute vegetables until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes

Add the water and broth and let simmer

Once broth is simmering add the lentils and barley and cook on a medium low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally

After 15 minutes add seasoning and stir

Once the lentils and barley are tender add more seasoning for personal preference