Sausage Barley Soup

Sausage Barley Soup


"This is a nice soup recipe with a lot of texture and flavor. It is a welcome change for those weeks when there doesn't seem to be a lot of variety... and all 3 of my kids even loved it. This can also be cooked in a pan on the stove until the barley and carrot are tender, but I prefer the slow cooker method. The flavors seem to blend better."


4 h 15 m servings 382 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 382 kcal
  • 19%
  • Fat:
  • 22.9 g
  • 35%
  • Carbs:
  • 23.2g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 20.7 g
  • 41%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 54 mg
  • 18%
  • Sodium:
  • 2722 mg
  • 109%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the sausage, onion, and garlic until the sausage is evenly brown. Season with Italian seasoning. Remove from heat, and drain.
  2. In a slow cooker, mix the sausage mixture, chicken broth, carrot, spinach, and barley.
  3. Cover, and cook 4 hours on High or 6 to 8 hours on Low.


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  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.
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  1. 232 Ratings


Wonderful soup! Hit the spot on a cold Winter's day! Immediately upon reading this recipe, I knew I had to use more of some of the ingredients ~ I used three carrots, 1/2 cup barley, three clove...

This is my new FAVORITE soup! I used hot sausage and it was amazingly good. Doubled up on the seasoning and garlic and used one bag of baby carrots. AWESOME!

This is a really good and hearty soup. I used 8 c of chicken broth, 3 carrots (per other reviewers) and doubled the amount of barley, since I'm a huge barley fan. I cooked the soup in the croc...

Well, I made a couple of changes to the original recipe based on other reviewers' suggestions, and it turned out SO GOOD! :) I used 3 carrots instead of 1, added quarter cup each of frozen pea...

Delicious! I used hot Italian sausage, cut into chunks, and it gave the soup such a kick. I used two carrots and a little more barley (1/3 cup) as suggested, tossed in some dried basil/oregano/g...

This soup was alright - certainly not up there with some of the others I have tried. I made it exactly as written, without modification. The soup was absolutley swimming in spinach, green in a...

I used hot Italian sausage, real spinach, extra barley and mushrooms when I made this. I made this twice for a group of guys doing construction in near zero temps. Both times they thought it ...

An excellent soup for a cold day! I added shredded carrot (I don't care for sliced carrots), a can of diced tomatoes, a can of sliced mushrooms, and used hot sausage. I don't understand commen...

Overall it was good. I ate more than my husband did, and after a few days the dog got the leftovers. It wasn't quite the right flavor combos. It was missing something. It also was a bit oily for...