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Austrian Pearl Barley Soup (Bündner Gerstensuppe)



6 portion(s)

  • 1 brown onion, peeled and halved
  • 1 parsnip diced
  • 2 celery sticks, sliced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 150 g smoked speck or smoked bacon, diced
  • 1 leaf bayleaf
  • 2 smoked sausages, sliced
  • 2 Medium potatoes, diced
  • 20 g Butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 100 g cream
  • 3 sprig parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp chicken stock paste
  • 900 g water
  • 100 g pearl barley
  • 6
    1h 20min
    Preparation 10min
  • 7
  • 8
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Recipe's preparation

  1. Add onion, celery, carrots and leek, chop 3 sec/speed 7 set aside.

    Add speck/bacon. saute 3min/Varoma/speed 1.

    Return vegetable mix, add butter and oil and saute 3min/Varoma/speed 1.

    Add diced potato and parsnip, 1 bayleaf, 100g of pearl barley, 2 tablespoons of Chicken Stock Paste (vegetable stock paste will work) and 900g of water.  Place basket on top instead of MC. cook 60 minutes/100degrees/

    Add sliced smoked sausage and cook 5min/100degrees/.

    Add 2 beaten egg yolks and 100g cream. mix 15sec/speed 3.

    Serve with parsley sprinkled on top.


    Optional add a small tin of beans, eg cannellini, kidney or pinto.

    Option - replace parsnip with celeriac.



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I got my speck and smoked sausage from woolworths, in the fancy small goods section near the fruit and vegetables. 

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  • I didnt add cream or egg

    Submitted by Erikav73 on 22. July 2016 - 04:58.

    I didnt add cream or egg yolks but was still absolutely Delicious! Thanks for the recipe. I'll be making this again. 

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  • Really tasty soup, even if

    Submitted by BeesAreCool on 4. July 2016 - 19:40.

    Really tasty soup, even if you forget to saute the veges in with the bacon. Thanks for the recipe,  will be making this one again.

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  • Thanks for the info on the

    Submitted by Mwa5 on 6. June 2016 - 17:13.

    Thanks for the info on the Austria v's swiss bit. I was given the recipe from an Austrian friend who called it that....so I added the Austrian bit to the front of the name.

    As for where to find Barley, in the soup section of the supermarket, near the dried lentils and soup mixes.

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  • will give this one a

    Submitted by smiley6 on 17. July 2015 - 17:57.

    will give this one a try...had trouble finding the barley in the recipe... its not mentioned in the ingredients..but i found it in the steps...just one thing... the title says 2 different things.....austria and buendner are 2 totally different places.....austria is a country and buendner is part of switzerland...tmrc_emoticons.;)   its a typical swiss soup for winter, very hearty and great for those cold winter days or nights...tmrc_emoticons.;)

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  • Thanks, glad you enjoyed it.

    Submitted by Mwa5 on 11. July 2015 - 12:59.

    Thanks, glad you enjoyed it.

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  • Beautiful winter soup -

    Submitted by Christine Downes on 10. July 2015 - 22:46.

    Beautiful winter soup - hearty and very tasty!

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