Tomato Barley Soup

Now that I’ve been bringing my lunches from home, I’ve been looking for new soup recipes.  For a while I was bringing vegetable soup.  Then I switched to zucchini soup, pumpkin bisque and then to lentil tomato soup.   Now I’m making tomato barley soup.

tomato barley soupThis soup was inspired by a recipe I saw on, but it wasn’t easy enough for me to make, so I further simplified it.  This soup literally takes 3 minutes to put together and needs to cook long enough for the barley to be soft.  Easy shmeasy.

I think the secret to making this recipe good is to use a marinara sauce that tastes really good.  I used this sauce and I liked that it has chunks of tomatoes in it.


You can really use any vegetables you like, but I used something like this:

mixed vegetables Here’s the recipe and I hope you enjoy it too.  It freezes well, is easy to make and is delicious!


Tomato Barley Soup


  • 2 24 oz . jars of marinara sauce
  • 8 cups water
  • 8 tsp chicken or vegetable soup mix
  • 2 16 oz . frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1/2 cup barley
  • 1 onion chopped


  1. Put all ingredients in a pot and bring to boil
  2. Allow to simmer on medium/low flame for 1+ hours until barley is cooked through

Now that I’ve been tracking my food using the MyFitnessPal app I’ve entered in this recipe and based on the ingredients it calculated the nutrition facts:

tomato barley soup nutritionAmazing what technology can do nowadays!

Do you also love eating soup (even in the summer)?

Until next time,

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  • Dawn Fox

    Dumb question, what is chicken or vegetable soup mix?

    • There are no dumb questions here! Here’s a link to the chicken consomme I use. This one doesn’t have MSG and there are other similar products out there.

      You can also use chicken/vegetable broth instead of the soup mix and water or you can skip the consomme altogether. In the past I’ve left this ingredient out, added a bit more salt and it tasted just as good.

      Let me know if you have any other questions and thanks for reading!

      • Dawn Fox

        Thanks! I make my own veggie broth (using up all those scrap veggie leavings) and sometimes chicken broth. I’ll be sure to use one of them.