Vegetable soup recipe

Vegetable soup recipe

You really can't beat a bowl of steaming veg-packed soup – perfect for warming you through on a chilly day. This simple vegetable soup recipe is crammed with hearty pearl barley, carrots, celery, tomatoes, spinach, and topped with a dollop of pesto for a zesty finish.

Prep time: 15 mins minutes

Cook time: 35 mins minutes

Servings: 4 people


1. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick saucepan. Add the onion and cook until softened. Next add the carrot, garlic and celery and cook for 5 minutes.

Add the thyme leaves, pearl barley and vegetable stock and simmer for 25 minutes, or until the barley is tender. Add the broccoli and tomatoes, and cook for a further 5 minutes. Season to taste.

3. To serve, stir through the spinach. Ladle into bowls and spoon some pesto over each one. Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil over each one and serve.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines
Make the soup, then leave to cool at room temperature. Freeze (without garnishes or toppings) in a rigid container, leaving a bit of space for expansion, for up to 1-3 months. Reheat either from frozen or defrost in the fridge overnight. Once piping hot, add toppings or garnishes and serve.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, diced
  • 1 tbsp picked thyme leaves
  • 80g (3oz) pearl barley
  • 900ml (1 1/2 pints) hot vegetable stock, simmered for 20 minutes
  • 100g (3 1/2oz) broccoli florets, finely sliced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • handful baby spinach leaves, chopped
  • 4 tbsp pesto with fresh basil
  • extra virgin olive oil

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