Celery & Sweet Potato Soup w/Barley

★★★★★ 3 Reviews
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By Kimberly Biegacki
from Canfield, OH

I made up a pot of this soup tonight for dinner 4/23/13 and it was delicious. My husband Anthony, my Mom & I all enjoyed the unique flavor of having sweet potato added into this veggie soup. I've always loved barley added into a recipe because of it's nutty flavor and chewy texture. I did make a few changes to this recipe and the one most important is check the soup at about 3 hours and determine if it has cooked long enough for your liking. For me, at 3 hours it was cooked to perfection. Some may want to cook it to the allotted time. This recipe is from my Ninja Cookbook.

serves 6
prep time 20 Min
cook time 4 Hr
method Stove Top


  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 4 stalk
    celery, coarsely chopped
  • 1 lg
    onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 2 md
    roasted sweet potatoes, peeled & diced
  • 1 can
    tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 c
    pearl barley, uncooked
  • 6 c
    vegetable broth (i added 3 cups broth & 4 cups water)
  • 1 tsp
    oregano, dried leaves, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp
    basil, dried leaves, crushed
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp
    celery leaves, dried (optional)
  • 2 tsp
    beau monde seasoning (optional)
  • 1 tsp
    black pepper & salt

How To Make

  • 1
    Drizzle oil into pot and set on STOVETOP HIGH. Heat oil for several minutes, then add celery & onion to pot. Cook them uncovered 10 minutes or until veggies are tender-crisp, stirring occasionally. Then stir in your minced garlic & cook uncovered 2 minutes, stirring often.
  • 2
    Stir in your potatoes, spices, tomatoes & barley. Set to SLOW COOK HIGH FOR 4 TO 5 hours. Cover pot and cook until the barley & potatoes are tender. (The recipe in cookbook states to cook 4 to 5 hours but my soup was perfectly cooked at 3 hours. When I reheated it the next day and cooked it for another 45 minutes it was more the consistency of a thick stew instead of soup. So, for me I like it better at 3 hours but it's all in how you prefer your soup. I would watch it after 3 hour mark and determine what you want to do.)
  • 3
    Serve up a bowl and sit down and enjoy. I served bacon wraps with this soup and they are so easy to make. Here is recipe. You can click on the link and it will take you to it. https://www.justapinch.com/recipes/appetizer/meat-appetizer/bacon-wraps.html?p=27