Deliciously and chunky vegetable soup with barley and lots of veggies. I used variety of veggies- carrots, celery, potato and green cabbage. Add the croutons for extra crunchiness.
Handful of Barley – rinse throughly, place in a saucepan filled with cold water and bring it to boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes or as per pack instruction.
In a casserole or saucepan, add a tbsp of oil, then sweat quarter of an onion(chopped) and a clove of garlic(grated). Add the chopped vegetables to the saucepan and cook for few minutes. Fill the saucepan with hot water, until the vegetables are immersed. Add the stock cube(s), according to the volume of water added. Reduce the heat and simmer for 25~30minutes or until the vegetables are cooked. To thicken the soup, take half cup of vegetables from the soup and blend it in a blender. Finally, add the cooked barley to the soup. Season with salt and pepper. Add the croutons before serving.