Sausage Barley Soup


This is a nice sausage barley 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 three 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.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 25 mins


  • 1 pound Italian sausage

  • ½ cup diced onion

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • 1 (48 fluid ounce) can chicken broth

  • 1 large carrot, sliced

  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach

  • ¼ cup uncooked pearl barley


  1. Cook sausage, onion, and garlic in a skillet over medium heat until the sausage is evenly brown. Season with Italian seasoning. Remove from heat and drain.

  2. Add sausage mixture, chicken broth, carrot, spinach, and barley into a slow cooker.

  3. Cover and cook on High for 4 hours, or Low for 6 to 8 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

382 Calories
23g Fat
23g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 382
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 2722mg 118%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 7mg 37%
Calcium 130mg 10%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 618mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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