Grandma Kuker’s Peasant Soup

Grandma Kuker’s Peasant Soup

By Janet Malusi, Board Member, Co-op Owner

This recipe is very nourishing and a wholesome, delicious break from holiday over-indulgences. It is very easy and a great way to utilize some of your stored canned/frozen goodies from the season’s harvest.

Makes a lot! Freezes well.

In a large stock pot combine:

  • 4 cups reduced sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 quart water
  • 5 Tbsp + 1 tsp low sodium vegetable broth powder
  • 1 46oz jug of reduced sodium tomato or vegetable juice (or equivalent crushed tomatoes)
  • 2 cups diced celery
  • 1 ½ cups chopped onion
  • 2 cups chopped carrots

peasant-soupBring to a boil and add:

  • 1 cup pearl barley

Cook for 30 minutes

Add 1 can/pint of each with liquid (or ~2 cups if using fresh/frozen):

  • Corn
  • Pinto beans
  • Green beans
  • ½ tsp garlic powder/granules

Cook another 30 minutes.


  • A little Italian seasoning
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 3 shakes of Worcestershire sauce (regular or Annie’s Homegrown for vegan)

Cook a little longer until flavors are well combined.

This recipe is great served with corn bread… drizzled with a little raw, local honey of course!

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