Lentil Barley Stew Recipe

Lentil Barley Stew

Serves 4 to 6

The combo of lentils and barley make this cozy soup a hearty, protein-rich, meatless meal. It freezes well, so make extra to have for a night when you don't have time to cook.


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 small yellow onions, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 cup dried lentils, picked through, rinsed, and drained
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup dry barley, dry
  • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large stock pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and carrots. Cook until translucent and fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in garlic and cumin. Add lentils, broth, tomatoes, brown sugar, and cinnamon stick. Bring to boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low and add barley. Simmer 60 minutes or until barley and lentils are tender.
  4. Stir in parsley. Add salt and pepper, to taste.


Amount Per Serving (based on 6 servings)
Calories: 300
Fat: 6 g
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 250 mg
Carbohydrates: 53 g
Fiber: 15 g
Sugar: 12 g
Protein: 12 g
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“I made this and loved it. had leftovers and froze them. my pal wanted to add sausage which was good but not needed at all. ”

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