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Top down close up view of a butternut and barley winter soup recipe in a white, ceramic bowl.

Butternut & Barley Winter Soup (Vegan)

  • Author: Raquel Smith
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


This cozy vegetarian and vegan soup recipe is perfect for cold winter nights! Chock full off good-for-you veggies and delicious spices, this is a soup you’ll come back for time and again.


  • 1 Tbsp butter, vegan or otherwise (I used Earth Balance)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 sticks celery, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz mushrooms, chopped
  • 3 cups chopped butternut squash
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 tsp vegetable bouillon paste*
  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • 8 oz quick-cook barley (I buy the little packs at Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp italian herbs
  • 2 Tbsp potato flour
  • 1/41/2 tsp salt


  1. Add the butter and oilve oil to a large pot and set over medium-high heat. Add the leeks, carrots, and celery and sautee for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms start to release their juices.
  2. Add the butternut squash and the water and bring to a boil. Stir in the bouillon paste, then turn heat to medium-low, cover, and let simmer until the butternut is almost tender, about 15 minutes.
  3. Drain and rinse the beans and add them to the pot, followed by the barley. Mix in the spices, then cover again and let simmer for 10 minutes, until the barley is tender.
  4. Take about 2 Tbsp of the soup broth and mix it in a small bowl with the potato flour – this is to avoid clumps. Add to the soup and stir in. Finally, taste to see if more salt is needed (hint – if it tastes bland then it needs more salt). Add salt bit by bit until the flavors really pop – you shouldn’t need much.
  5. Serve and enjoy!


You can sub the bouillon paste for 7 cups veggie broth.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Category: Soups and Stews
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Lunch and Dinnger