Graupensuppe - German Barley Soup


I got to know this soup a few years ago when I visited my mother-in-law and she made us some Graupensuppe or Barley Soup, in English. I was immediately captivated by its colourful appearance and delicious taste. It was hearty yet light at the same time. I was intrigued by this soup because I had never eaten barley in savoury dishes, actually, I had even almost never eaten barley in my life and if I did, only as Asian sweet dessert. So I really really wanted to make it myself and asked my MIL to reveal the secret of her beautiful barley soup :). I was surprised to find out that it's quite simple to make. The only hideous work you've got to do is cutting most ingredients into small cubes...!

Ingredients - serves 4
  • 200 g barley, soaked in water overnight
  • 2 large carrot, cut into small cubes
  • 3-4 medium potatoes, cut into small cubes
  • 10 - 15 black peppercorns
  • 500 g lean beef/lamb shank , cut into small cubes
  • 1 onion (I used shallot), chopped
  • 2 leeks, sliced
  • 1/2 celery root, quartered
  • Maggi/Knorr beef powder to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 3 l water
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • Chopped parsley for garnish
  • Heat olive oil in a soup pot.
  • Sauté the chopped onion, beef cubes and celery root for 1 minute until everything is slightly brown.
  • Add water, peppercorns and barley. Simmer for 30 minutes,.
  • Now add the carrot and potato cubes, beef powder and pepper to taste. Simmer for another 30 minutes.
  • Before you turn off the heat, add the leek slices and stir that they're slightly cooked.

Serve the barley soup with chopped parsley!

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  1. i like it the addition of lamb shank as your suggestion. my husband loves barley soup as well. off course i have to make it vegetarian

  2. Que plato de sopa más fantastico.


  3. Lovely~! And looks really healthy~! Yum yum yum!! But what a pity, I don't eat beef or lamb, some flavours will be missing if I don't add the meat right?

  4. looks absolutely wonderful...I can't take my eyes off these yummy delights...

  5. super colorful, delicious, and healthyyyy :)

  6. Soup looks so mouthwatering. Excellent ingredients.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. This soup looks amazing!!! I have a hungarian friend who gave me something pretty similar to this!! .. and it tasted amazing!! Don't remember the name of the dish as I am slow with learning new languages and remebering words but I can remeber I ate it all!!

  8. hmm simple yah kae soup biasa cmn tambahin barley , aku jg ga kebayang gmn barley ada didlm soup . good idea Sin !

  9. Whoa, what a superb & comforting meal! Thanks for sharing such flavourful recipe. Hope you're enjoying your week ahead.
    Cheers, Kristy

  10. Awesome comfort food. Love this flavorful soup .

  11. This is by far one of my favroite winter soups ever. Yours is so hearty and welcoming and packed with color, I wish I could scoop it off the screen.

  12. See I love soup and now want this bowl!

    Nice arrangement on the photos, love this! So many good things, I was looking for a menu idea for this week and am making a farro version now!

  13. I can have many bowls of this - lunch and dinner! Nutritious and delicious!

    This barley looks like the Chinese pearl barley. Yes, I find that the pearl barley at the Western grocery stores and Asian grocery stores looks different too!

    If you soak them, they cook faster and softer. Yes, definitely!

  14. Love this healthy, hearty soup, versatile for every season throughout the year. I also love to put in some barley in soups as it's good for our digestive system.

  15. How yummy! I've never had barley before so this will be interesting to try. Also, celery root?? Where do I find that from?

  16. @ Lucy - I was able to find celery roots in my local supermarket. In Germany it's very common to have celery roots in soups. To be honest, I had never seen celery root (or even been aware of its existence) until I come to live in Germany ;). I used to live in Sydney and I never saw any celery roots around (or maybe I just never took a notice of them), but it might be different in NZ...! Just keep looking, if you can't find it celery sticks should be okay, even though celery roots are I find more aromatic.

  17. This soup looks like a delicious and nutritious meal on its own! :) Would be great to have on a cold rainy day, or any day! :D

  18. This is such a healthy bowl of soup. Looks awfully delicious.

  19. The soup looks so colourful and appetizing!

  20. This is a really beautiful soup. I love its rich colors. It is so thick it looks like a stew. I hope you have a great day. Blessings..Mary

  21. Love this soup. I've always enjoyed graupensuppe even as a kid and this more like the ones I remember my Oma used to make :o)

  22. That soup looks so healthy and delicious! Perfect this period of the year.



  23. That's a hearty barley soup! :) Thanks for sharing! I will definitely try it sometime...