Bacon Barley Soup with Kale

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A few weeks ago it was so cold in LA, I had to wear shoes -instead of sandals or flipflops- for the first time since living here. I also bought a few sweaters and I was looking for a coat.

P was laughing at me, “do you know where it’s cold? In Amsterdam!”
I also got a few texts from friends who laughed when I complained about the cold, “so what’s cold, 20°C?” they were asking. (fyi: 20°C is 68°F)
Well ok. I had to agree with them. It was only 16°C (60°F) during the day and that’s not that cold. But to me it felt like Siberia or so. And since it’s not freezing during the night we’ll be fine 😉

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But this colder weather made me crave for winter foods. Instead of making the brussels sprouts salad as I had planned I end up making a typical Dutch mash with potatoes and brussels sprouts and sausage and bacon on the side.

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And I made another soup for lunch! A Bacon Barley Soup with Kale, it’s as simple as it sounds but it’s really delicious.

So where ever you are and it’s cold: make this soup! It will warm you up!

Bacon Barley Soup with Kale

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Serving Size: serves 4 to 6

Bacon Barley Soup with Kale

This Bacon Barley Soup with Kale is as simple as it sounds but oh so delicious.


  • 8 thick bacon strips, cut in 0.5” pieces
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 cups broth
  • 2 cups pre-cooked Barley (I used Trader Joe’s 10 minute barley)
  • 6 packed cups kale
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • ½ cup grated parmesan


  1. Heat a soup pot over medium high heat and cook the bacon without adding butter or oil.
  2. Add the onion as soon as the fat runs out of the bacon, cook for 3-4 minutes until the onion is softened.
  3. Add the broth and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the barley and the kale and let it simmer for 12 minutes until the barley is cooked.
  5. Add salt & pepper to taste and serve with grated parmesan


For my Dutch readers: barley is 'gerst'. Als je dat niet makkelijk kunt vinden dan kun je ook 'Tarly' van Honig gebruiken.


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