Bunder Gerstensuppe (Swiss Barley Soup)

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 40m
Ready In

Recipe: #11448

December 09, 2013

"This is a soup popular in the Alps during the winter. You can add some shredded cabbage to this, if desired."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (550.1 g)
  • Calories 763.5
  • Total Fat - 40.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 17.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 229.9 mg
  • Sodium - 797.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 71.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 8.6 g
  • Sugars - 10.1 g
  • Protein - 29.6 g
  • Calcium - 146.8 mg
  • Iron - 4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 30 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Heat butter and olive oil in a soup kettle over medium-high heat.

Step 2

Add onion and leek and cook until they begin to soften, about 10 minutes.

Step 3

Add the carrots, celery, bay leaf and bacon and lower heat to medium. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 4

Add stock, barley and potatoes. Simmer for 1 hour.

Step 5

Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in cream and bring back to heat, without boiling.

Step 6

Ladle into bowls and garnish with parsley.


No special items needed.

3 Reviews


Been a bitter cold winter and this week a major blizzard, the aroma of a simmering pot of soup is comforting and one as delicious and hearty as this made for a wonderful evening meal. A real winner! Enjoyed, looking to a rerun at lunch.


review by:
(2 Feb 2022)


I can see why this soup is popular! It is hearty and flavourful. I left the veggies rustic and finished with a good grinding of pepper. DH gave it thumbs up! Thanks for sharing Mike! Made for Billboard Recipe Tag.


review by:
(18 Nov 2017)


Mikekey thank you your wonderful soup recipe, I made this just recently and really enjoyed it!


review by:
(6 Jan 2014)

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