Barley and Lentil Soup

Barley and Lentil Soup


  • 3 medium carrots
  • 2 medium onions
  • 3 large cloves garlic
  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • ¾ cup pearl barley
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup dried lentils
  • 1 (14½-ounce) can diced tomatoes, no salt added
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Optional Ingredients

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Can opener
  • Colander
  • Cutting board
  • Large pot with lid
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Mixing spoon
  • Sharp knife
  • Vegetable peeler


  1. Rinse, peel, and dice carrots and onions. Peel and mince garlic. Rinse and chop spinach.
  2. In a colander, rinse barley with cold water.
  3. In a large pot, add oil. Heat over medium-high heat. Add carrots and onions. Cook until slightly soft, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add garlic, paprika, and cayenne pepper to pot. Stir and cook for 30 seconds.
  5. Add barley, water, and broth to pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Partially cover with a lid and simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. In a colander, rinse lentils with cold water. Add lentils to pot, along with tomatoes. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  7. Add spinach to soup and stir. Cover and simmer for 5 more minutes.
  8. Add salt and pepper and stir. If using Parmesan cheese, add now.

Rate this recipe

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 0 / 5. Vote count: 0

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

Load More
Translate »

SNAP-Ed Massachusetts wants to hear from you.

(Check all that apply below)
(Check all that apply below)