Sheet Pan Kielbasa Potatoes and Green Beans

THIS is the sheet pan meal to end all sheet pan meals! It’s similar to some I’ve made before, but it is by far the easiest one yet, and without sacrificing any flavor. This Sheet Pan Kielbasa, Potatoes, and Green Beans recipe is filling, tasty, and as easy as it gets, with only SIX simple ingredients, […]

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THIS is the sheet pan meal to end all sheet pan meals! It’s similar to some I’ve made before, but it is by far the easiest one yet, and without sacrificing any flavor. This Sheet Pan Kielbasa, Potatoes, and Green Beans recipe is filling, tasty, and as easy as it gets, with only SIX simple ingredients, and very little hands on time. I don’t know what more you could want from a dinner recipe! 🙌

Sheet pan kielbasa, potatoes, and green beans with a spatula

Can I Use a Different Sausage?

Yes, if you can not find kielbasa, any sort of smoked sausage will taste delicious with this combination of ingredients. It’s so flexible!

Can I Use Fresh Green Beans?

I used frozen green beans for this recipe because they are already cleaned, cut, and blanched before freezing. The blanching keeps the green beans a little more moist as they roast in the oven. You can use fresh green beans if you prefer, just keep in mind that they will dry out a little more while roasting than frozen green beans.

What is Steak Seasoning?

Steak seasoning is my short cut for this recipe. It’s a bottled spice blend, sometimes called Montreal Steak Seasoning, that you should be able to find at any major grocery store in the U.S. It’s a chunky mix of salt, pepper, garlic, red pepper, and sometimes a couple other spices. I love steak seasoning because that chunky grind of the spices gives the dish not only texture but these wonderful pops of flavor in every bite. Don’t skip it! :)

Can I Use Different Potatoes?

Yes! Again, this recipe is so flexible. I used small red potatoes, but you can substitute larger red potatoes or even russet potatoes if that is what you have. Just make sure to cut the potatoes into one-inch pieces so they roast at an even pace with everything else.

Sheet pan kielbasa, potatoes, and green beans in a bowl with a fork

 
Sheet pan roasted kielbasa potatoes and green beans with a spatula

Sheet Pan Kielbasa Potatoes and Green Beans

Sheet pan meals don't get an easier or more delicious than this Sheet Pan Kielbasa Potatoes and Green Beans dinner.
Total Cost $9.47 recipe / $2.37 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 504.88kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 24 oz. petite red potatoes $2.99
  • 12 oz. kielbasa $4.69
  • 1 yellow onion $0.32
  • 12 oz. frozen green beans $1.00
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil $0.32
  • 1/2 Tbsp steak seasoning $0.15

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Wash and slice the potatoes into 1-inch pieces. Slice the kielbasa into medallions. Dice the onion into 1-inch pieces.
  • Add the potatoes, kielbasa, onion, and frozen green beans (no need to thaw) to a large baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle the steak seasoning over top. Use your hands to toss the ingredients until everything is coated in oil and spices.
  • Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and roast in the oven for 20 minutes, then give the ingredients on the sheet pan a good stir. Roast for an additional 15 minutes, or until the ingredients achieve the level of browning you desire. Serve hot.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 504.88kcal | Carbohydrates: 40.3g | Protein: 15.65g | Fat: 32.45g | Sodium: 1028.88mg | Fiber: 5.88g

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How to Make Sheet Pan Kielbasa Potatoes and Green Beans – Step by Step Photos

Meal ingredients whole on the sheet pan

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. This is all that goes into the dinner, plus some olive oil and steak seasoning. How simple is that?? 24oz. petite red potatoes, 12oz. kielbasa, 12oz. frozen green beans, and one yellow onion.

Chopped ingredients on the sheet pan

Chop the potatoes into 1-inch pieces. Slice the kielbasa into medallions. Dice the onion into 1-inch pieces. Add the potatoes, kielbasa, onion, and green beans (no need to thaw) to the sheet pan.

Steak seasoning bottle close up

This is all I used to season the sheet pan meal. The chunky texture of this seasoning blend really adds a lot of texture and flavor differentiation to every bite! 

Seasoned sheet pan meal

Add 2 Tbsp olive oil and ½ Tbsp of the steak seasoning to the ingredients on the sheet pan, then toss really well until everything is coated in oil and seasoning.

Roasted sheet pan meal

Then place the sheet pan in the oven, roast for 20 minutes, then give it a good stir. Return it to the oven and roast for about another 15 minutes, or until it’s browned to the level that you like. 

Close up of sheet pan kielbasa potatoes and green beans on a sheet pan

It’s hard to describe how awesome this is. It doesn’t even need any sort of dressing or sauce. The fat and seasoning from the kielbasa soak into the potatoes and coats the other vegetables in an incredible amount of flavor, then you have the steak seasoning on top. It’s just 100% awesome! Serve hot and enjoy. :)

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How to Steam Fresh Green Beans

One of my go-to side dishes is steamed green beans. Why? Because they’re so fast, they’re uncomplicated, delicious, and you can make them several different flavors to match your main dish. They’re just the perfect no-brainer side dish. If you’ve only ever had canned green beans, please promise me that you’ll try steaming fresh green beans […]

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One of my go-to side dishes is steamed green beans. Why? Because they’re so fast, they’re uncomplicated, delicious, and you can make them several different flavors to match your main dish. They’re just the perfect no-brainer side dish. If you’ve only ever had canned green beans, please promise me that you’ll try steaming fresh green beans at least once. They’re a whole different beast. A deliciously fresh beast. So, without further ado, let me show you how to steam fresh green beans, so you can have another simple, delicious side dish under your belt!

Overhead view of a bowl full of steamed green beans with butter, salt, and pepper

The One Secret to Good Green Beans

There is only one thing you need to know about making good green beans: DON’T OVER COOK THEM. Most people I come across who say they don’t like green beans have only ever had overcooked, drab, olive green, too-soft green beans (like the kind you get in a can). The trick is to cook them until they are bright green, tender, but still with a good bite. They’ll still taste fresh, vibrant, and green. Deeeelish. 

What Equipment Do I Need?

Steaming green beans is so incredibly easy. All you need is a colander, pot or a deep skillet with a lid, and a steam basket. The steam basket holds the green beans just above the boiling water so they cook evenly and makes it really easy to lift the green beans out of the pot once cooked.

Do I Really Need the Steam Basket?

While the steam basket does help produce the best results, I’m not going to tell you that you can’t steam green beans without one. For years, before I had the few dollars to spend on a steam basket, I simply steamed my green beans directly in the one-inch of water. The bottom layer of green beans cooked slightly more than the rest, but guess what? It was barely noticeable. If you’re short on cash, follow the directions below minus the steam basket and you’ll do just fine.

Why Steam Instead of Boil Green Beans?

Because it’s faster. One inch of water takes a fraction of the time to come up to a boil compared to a full pot of water. Also, less nutrients are leached out of the green beans when they steam compared to when they’re fully submerged in boiling water. That’s two good reasons, if you ask me!

How to Flavor Green Beans

I’m a happy camper with the simple combo of melted butter, salt, and freshly cracked pepper on my steamed green beans, but there are so many different things you can add. Try these flavors:

  • Sautéed garlic
  • Lemon zest and juice
  • Sesame oil and sesame seeds
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Crumbled feta
  • Bacon
  • Grated Parmesan
  • Or any combination of the above!

Can I Use Frozen Green Beans?

Frozen green beans are blanched, or partially cooked, before freezing. So, while you can steam them using this method, they may need a different amount of time to cook. Check the package for recommended cooking times.

 
Overhead of a bowl of steamed green beans with butter, salt, and pepper.

How to Steam Green Beans

Learn how to steam fresh green beans for an easy, delicious, fresh, and versatile side dish that will go with just about any dinner.
Total Cost $1.86 recipe / $0.47 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 60.38kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. fresh green beans $1.69
  • 1 Tbsp butter $0.13
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02

Instructions

  • Rinse the green beans in a colander. Snap the end off of any beans that still have an attached stem (see photos below). Snap each bean in half, or leave the beans whole for a more dramatic presentation.
  • Place one inch of water in a pot or deep skillet. Place the steam basket inside the pot. The water should not be so deep that it comes up through the holes in the steam basket. Fill the steam basket with the washed green beans. Place a lid on the pot or skillet, turn the heat onto high, and allow the water to come to a boil (about 3 minutes).
  • Allow the green beans to steam for about 5 minutes from the time the water begins to boil, or until they have reached your desired level of tenderness. Aim for green beans that are vibrant in color and tender but not mushy. You can test the tenderness of the green beans with a fork.
  • Once cooked to your liking, remove the pot from the heat. Remove the steam basket with the green beans and discard the water from the bottom of the pot. Place the beans back in the pot without the steam basket and add some butter. Stir the butter into the green beans, allowing the residual heat to melt the butter. Season the beans with salt and pepper, then serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25lb. | Calories: 60.38kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.85g | Protein: 2.08g | Fat: 3.13g | Sodium: 237.08mg | Fiber: 3.05g

How to Steam Green Beans – Step by Step Photos

Close up of a green bean with stem, more green beans in a colander in the background

Rinse your green beans in a colander. Snap off any ends that still have a stem attached. You can see what the stem looks like in the photo above. The other end of the green bean will be pointy, but those are fine to eat. In fact, that’s my favorite part. You can snap your green beans in half or leave them long and whole for a more dramatic presentation.

metal steam basket

This is the metal steam basket that I use. It has a loop in the center for lifting the basket out of the pot and the outer edges can close in or expand to fit the diameter of your pot. You can also buy bamboo or silicone steam baskets, but I find these old-school metal baskets to be inexpensive and pretty indestructible.

Steam basket in a pot with water

Place about an inch of water in a pot or deep skillet and place the steam basket on top. The water should not be so deep that it comes up through the holes. 

Fresh green beans in the steam basket in the pot, uncooked

Fill the steam basket with the washed green beans and place a lid on the pot. Turn the heat on to high and allow the water to come up to a boil (about 3 minutes).

Steamed green beans in the pot

Once the water begins to boil, allow the beans to steam for about 5 minutes, or until they reach your desired level of tenderness. Aim for green beans that are a vibrant green color and are tender, but still have a bit of bite. They shouldn’t be a drab green or mushy.

Steamed green beans with butter, salt, and pepper in the pot

Remove the pot from the heat, lift the steam basket and beans out of the pot, then discard the water. Place the beans back into the pot without the steam basket, add some butter, and stir to melt the butter (heat is off). Season with a little salt and pepper, then serve!

Overhead of a bowl of steamed green beans with butter, salt, and pepper.

The fresh green bean flavor on its own is so delicious that I usually only add a little butter, salt, and pepper, but you can have fun and get wild with the seasonings! Let me know what your favorite flavors are in the comments below. :)

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Roasted Green Beans

Ready for a quick, easy, and delicious vegetable side dish? Enter Roasted Green Beans! Roasting helps to keep the delicious green bean crunch, and garlic and lemon add bright, zesty flavor to this side dish! Green beans are a staple at our house. They …

Ready for a quick, easy, and delicious vegetable side dish? Enter Roasted Green Beans! Roasting helps to keep the delicious green bean crunch, and garlic and lemon add bright, zesty flavor to this side dish! Green beans are a staple at our house. They are a “safe” vegetable for kids and go well with every…

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Perfect Roasted Green Beans

Have you tried roasted green beans? They’re new to me, so I’m excited to spread the word with this recipe! Roasted green beans are a light and…

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sesame roasted green beans

Have you tried roasted green beans? They’re new to me, so I’m excited to spread the word with this recipe! Roasted green beans are a light and healthy side dish to accompany heavier meals.

Green beans are one of the quickest roasted veggie options since they’re ready after just 15 minutes in the oven. Like all roasted vegetables, roasted green beans taste intensified and caramelized, like more sophisticated versions of their raw or steamed states.

fresh green beans

We discovered roasted green beans on the menu at Josephine in Nashville. I always search restaurant menus for fun side dishes, and their charred green beans did not disappoint. They served them with tahini and toasted sesame seeds, which inspired the variation you see above.

Roasted green beans are quite simple to prepare. I have just a few tips before you get started:

  • Start with fresh, vibrant green beans. They should have firm, even skin and snap easily. Don’t bother roasting old, starchy green beans.
  • Pat your green beans dry before tossing with oil. Drops of water on the outside will turn into mushy spots in the oven.
  • Don’t crowd the beans. If you want to double the recipe to serve a larger crowd, split the beans across two pans.
  • Stop roasting when the beans are crisp-tender with some caramelized spots. No need to roast green beans to oblivion.

Continue to the recipe...

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Green Bean Salad

This is the best Green Bean Salad Recipe! It’s filled with tomatoes, Parmesan, fresh basil, and a little bit of red onion. I top it off with a zesty homemade dressing and it’s the most perfect side dish for summertime. Whenever I can get my hands on fr…

This is the best Green Bean Salad Recipe! It’s filled with tomatoes, Parmesan, fresh basil, and a little bit of red onion. I top it off with a zesty homemade dressing and it’s the most perfect side dish for summertime. Whenever I can get my hands on fresh green beans from the garden or farmers…

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Simple Vegan Summer Orzo Salad

This Simple Vegan Summer Orzo Salad recipe has grape tomatoes, fresh corn, green beans, and basil leaves. It’s light and fresh—perfect for a picnic! Where I Am Today Happy Canada Day!

Summer Orzo Salad Recipe
This Simple Vegan Summer Orzo Salad recipe has grape tomatoes, fresh corn, green beans, and basil leaves. It’s light and fresh—perfect for a picnic! Where I Am Today Happy Canada Day!

My Mom’s Chicken Marsala with the Best Almond Green Beans!

We’re throwing it back today with my mom’s chicken marsala! You may remember that this was one of the first recipes I ever shared on the blog, and for mostly selfish purposes, I wanted to create it again with the green beans she often makes so I could post as it as meal. So I […]

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We’re throwing it back today with my mom’s chicken marsala!

My mom's chicken marsala is easy and ridiculously flavorful! It's made without mushrooms and served alongside almond brown butter green beans.

You may remember that this was one of the first recipes I ever shared on the blog, and for mostly selfish purposes, I wanted to create it again with the green beans she often makes so I could post as it as meal. So I can easily find dinner ideas. Because, you know, I can’t find dinner ideas in my head, but I can find dinner ideas on my own website! It’s a thing.

Plus, this is a verrrry delicious weeknight meal that reminds me of my childhood. 

Oh and… I know, I know! First thing you probably notice? No mushrooms. NOPE. There aren’t any mushrooms in this recipe.

My mom's chicken marsala is easy and ridiculously flavorful! It's made without mushrooms and served alongside almond brown butter green beans.

My mom never puts mushrooms in her chicken marsala because my dad can’t stand them (if you’re a longtime reader, then you recall!) – so here we are. This was probably nice when we were kids because she didn’t even have to fight us all on eating mushrooms. 

But it also made me grow up thinking I didn’t like mushrooms, when in actuality I LOVE THEM.

For the sake of nostalgia (< this is terrifying), this recipe, and the million others you can find on the internet WITH mushrooms, I’m leaving them out. This is how my mom made it every single week! 

My mom's chicken marsala is easy and ridiculously flavorful! It's made without mushrooms and served alongside almond brown butter green beans.

Yes, my mom made this chicken marsala once a week when I was growing up. She cooked dinner almost every single night and we ate like a lot of other families in the 90s – we had taco night, pasta night and she just happened to throw a chicken marsala night in there too.

IT WAS WORTH IT.

We all absolutely loved this meal when I was growing up but I probably wouldn’t have told you it was my favorite. We had so many other favorite dinners that while enjoyed this one, it rarely made the cut. Looking back now, I think I just took it for granted. Ha! 

toasted sliced almonds

A few things my mom does differently in her chicken marsala? She always uses chicken tenders. And she leaves out the mushrooms. She doesn’t use cream in her recipe! I guess it’s sort of like a bastardized version of chicken marsala but it’s just so good. I even used to get excited about the leftovers and eat them when I came home from school.

A few things I do differently from my mom’s chicken marsala? I add a pinch of allspice. I know it sounds weird, but when I was in college I had a bite of chicken marsala that was made with cinnamon. YES. Cinnamon. It was very interesting and incredible. I actually made it with cinnamon in my original post

the best almond green beans

But! Now that my palate has become slightly (I mean, ever so slightly) more sophisticated, I use allspice. It’s not as cinnamony (obviously) but still adds that hint of… what is that?! 

I also add a drop of cream to the sauce but honestly? You could leave it out and it would still be great. Says my mom who has made it without cream for, like, 30 years.

And finally, I don’t like to have my chicken marsala swimming the sauce. I prefer to have it in a low simmering sauce, but not a TON of sauce. Just the right amount.

My mom's chicken marsala is easy and ridiculously flavorful! It's made without mushrooms and served alongside almond brown butter green beans.

Let’s talk about the green beans!

My mom inadvertently browns butter to make these green beans. She wouldn’t even realize it if you told her, but she adds butter to a skillet with a ton of sliced almonds. They toast and the butter browns and it all happens at once and not only does it smell LIKE HEAVEN but it also looks like a skillet full of flavor that I want to devour instantly. 

Then she tosses in the green beans and it all comes together.

My mom's chicken marsala is easy and ridiculously flavorful! It's made without mushrooms and served alongside almond brown butter green beans.

My mom actually made an entree and at least (!!) two sides nearly every.single.night. and now I’m very much like HOW ON EARTH DID YOU DO THIS?! Because my other side dish to this would probably be quick rice or a leftover potato that I’d make Eddie heat up.

Really what I’m trying to say here is that it pairs wonderfully with rice or potatoes. Yes. 

the best almond green beans

And that’s a wrap!

This is comfort in a skillet. It’s not overly indulgent and rich, but it’s just comforting enough for a weeknight meal, which is just how my mom cooked when I was growing up. 

My mom's chicken marsala is easy and ridiculously flavorful! It's made without mushrooms and served alongside almond brown butter green beans.

Chicken Marsala with Almond Green Beans

Chicken Marsala with Almond Green Beans

My mom’s chicken marsala is easy and ridiculously flavorful! It’s made without mushrooms and served alongside almond brown butter green beans.

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken tenders
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour, (plus more for sprinkling)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot, (diced)
  • 2 garlic cloves, (minced)
  • pinch of allspice
  • 1 cup dry marsala wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • fresh parsley, (for sprinkling)

almond green beans

  • 1 pound green beans
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 garlic clove, (minced)
  • ⅓ cup sliced almonds
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the flour in a dish and stir in the salt, pepper, smoked paprika and garlic powder. Lightly dredge each piece of chicken into the flour mixture.
  3. Heat an oven-safe skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add each chicken piece and brown on both sides, cooking about 2 minutes per side. When the chicken is finished, transfer it to a plate (you can even use a paper towel lined plate – that’s what my mom does!).
  4. Add the butter to the skillet. Stir in the shallots, garlic and pinch of salt, pepper and allspice. Cook until the onions soften, about 5 minutes. Pour in the marsala wine, scraping the bottom of the pan so some of the flavor is released. Stir in the chicken stock. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce it to a simmer. Sprinkle in a pinch of flour and whisk. Stir in the cream. Add the chicken back into the skillet. Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook for 15 minutes.

  5. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with fresh parsley. I usually find this to be seasoned enough, but add some salt and pepper if you need it. Serve immediately with the green beans.

almond green beans

  1. Start by blanching the green beans. Prepare an ice bath – fill a large bowl with ice and cold water.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add the green beans and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Use a strainer to immediately transfer the beans to the ice bath. Let them chill in the bath for 5 minutes. Pat the beans dry with a paper towel.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add the butter. Once melted, add in the garlic and the almonds. Stir to toss everything together. Cook, stirring often, until the almonds toast and the butter browns, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the green beans and toss well. Heat over low heat until the green beans warm with the butter and almonds.

My mom's chicken marsala is easy and ridiculously flavorful! It's made without mushrooms and served alongside almond brown butter green beans.

Dinner tonight!!

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Vegetable Barley Soup

Can’t stop, won’t stop with the yummy soups over here! Soup is easy, soup is filling, soup is an easy way to pack some more vegetables into your day, and soup (usually) freezes well. This week I’m bringing you this awesome Vegetable Barley Soup that is packed with tons of color, texture, and flavor. And […]

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Can’t stop, won’t stop with the yummy soups over here! Soup is easy, soup is filling, soup is an easy way to pack some more vegetables into your day, and soup (usually) freezes well. This week I’m bringing you this awesome Vegetable Barley Soup that is packed with tons of color, texture, and flavor. And thanks to a healthy dose of barley, it’s also super filling. I’m so glad this recipe makes a huge batch because I’m going to be living off the frozen leftovers of this soup for the rest of winter!!

Homemade Vegetable Barley Soup

Overhead view of Vegetable Barley Soup in a red pot with bread and parsley on the side

What is Barley?

Barley is a short, chewy grain that is great in soups, stews, salads, pilafs, and more. You can usually find it in the grain section of your grocery store, near rice and dry beans. It’s usually labeled “pearled barley” which simply means the outer husk and some of the bran has been removed. Barley does contain a small amount of gluten, so it is not considered a gluten-free food. 

Can I Substitute the Barley?

Yep! If you’re not into barley or can’t find it, you can use another grain, like farro or wheat berries, or even pasta. A small shape, like ditalini would be awesome.

Can I Use Other Vegetables?

The beauty of this Vegetable Barley Soup is that it is extremely versatile. You can add just about any vegetable to this soup, which makes it great for using up odds and ends of vegetables in your refrigerator and freezer. I used onion, garlic, diced tomatoes, carrots, potato, frozen green beans, frozen corn, and frozen peas, but you could also substitute or add in any of these vegetables:

  • Celery (add in the beginning with onion)
  • Zucchini (add at the end with green beans and peas)
  • Spinach (add at the very end, stir in until wilted)
  • Mushrooms (add in the beginning with onion)
  • Cabbage (add in the beginning with carrots)
  • Kale (add mid-way, with potatoes)
  • Beans (kidney, chickpeas, cannellini, add mid-way with potatoes)

Broth Matters

Vegetable broth carries a lot of the flavor in this soup, so make sure you use a quality vegetable broth, or one that you know you like. As always, I use Better Than Bouillon soup base to make my broth. It is full-flavored and I can mix up any amount I need when I’m cooking, without having leftovers go to waste.

Close up of a ladle full of Vegetable Barley Soup being held over the soup pot.

How Much Vegetable Barley Soup Does This Make?

This recipe makes a whopping 12 cups, which I would consider to be about 6 large 2-cup servings. Since the soup is mostly vegetables, I usually go with a slightly larger serving size. This is also a very thick soup once finished, so if you prefer it to be a little more brothy, you can add more vegetable broth and the yield will be even higher.

Can You Freeze Vegetable Soup?

Yes! This soup freezes great. Some people find that potatoes change in texture slightly when frozen and thawed, but it’s not something that I’ve ever noticed or that has bothered me, especially when in a soup.

What Do You Serve with Vegetable Barley Soup?

This soup is just asking for a nice piece of buttered crusty bread for dipping! I would go with something with a lot of texture, like a homemade no knead bread, cornbread, or sour dough. I wouldn’t even be against dropping a few cubes of Swiss cheese into this soup, for a little melty goodness in each bite!

Close up side view of Vegetable Barley Soup in the soup pot

 

Vegetable Barley Soup

Loaded with colorful vegetables and filling pearled barley, this Vegetable Barley Soup is a healthy, freezer-friendly staple recipe for winter!

  • 1 yellow onion ($0.32)
  • 2 cloves garlic ($0.16)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil ($0.32)
  • 1/2 lb. carrots (about 4) ($0.45)
  • 1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes ($1.59)
  • 1 cup pearled barley ($0.89)
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil ($0.05)
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano ($0.05)
  • freshly cracked pepper ($0.05)
  • 6 cups vegetable broth ($0.78)
  • 1 russet potato (about 3/4 lb.) ($1.22)
  • 1 cup frozen green beans ($0.271)
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn ($0.10)
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas ($0.19)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice ($0.03)
  • 1 handful fresh parsley (optional garnish) ($0.20)
  1. Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Add the onion, garlic, and olive oil to a large soup pot and sauté over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft and translucent.

  2. Meanwhile, peel and dice the carrots. Once the onions are soft, add the carrots to the soup pot, along with the canned diced tomatoes (with juices), barley, basil, oregano, some freshly cracked pepper, and vegetable broth.

  3. Stir the contents of the pot to combine, place a lid on top, turn the heat up to medium-high, and bring the broth up to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium-low, and let the soup simmer, with the lid in place, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.

  4. While the soup simmers, peel and dice the potato into 1/2-inch cubes. After the soup has simmered and the barley is mostly tender, add the diced potatoes and continue to simmer for 10 minutes more, or just until the potatoes are tender.

  5. Once the potatoes are tender, add the frozen green beans, corn, and peas. Stir to combine, and heat through (about 5 minutes in the simmering soup).

  6. Finally, add the lemon juice to the soup and stir to combine. Taste the soup and adjust the salt or pepper to your liking. Serve hot, with fresh chopped parsley on top as a garnish, if desired.

Scroll down for the step by step photos!

Front view of a ladle full of Vegetable Barley Soup hovering over the pot full of soup.

 

How to Make Vegetable Barley Soup – Step by Step Photos

Diced onion and minced garlic in the soup pot

Dice one onion and mince two cloves of garlic. Add the onion and garlic to a large soup pot (mine is 6 qt.) along with 2 Tbsp olive oil. Sauté over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft and translucent.

Broth being poured into soup pot with vegetables and barley

While the onion and garlic are cooking, peel and slice 1/2 lb. of carrots (about 4 medium carrots). Add the carrots to the soup pot along with one 28 oz. can diced tomatoes (with juices), 1 cup pearled barley, 1/2 tsp dried basil, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, some freshly cracked pepper, and 6 cups of vegetable broth. Stir to combine.

Diced potatoes being poured into soup

Place a lid on the pot, turn the heat up to medium-high, and bring the soup up to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium-low and let it simmer, lid in place, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. While the soup simmers, peel and dice a russet potato into 1/2-inch cubes. After simmering 30 minutes, add the diced potato and simmer 10 minutes more.

Frozen vegetables being poured into the soup

After simmering 10 minutes, the potatoes should be tender. Add 1 cup frozen green beans, 1/2 cup frozen peas, and 1/2 cup frozen corn to the soup. Stir to combine, and heat through (about 5 minutes).

Season finished vegetable barley soup

Finally, stir 1 Tbsp lemon juice into the soup. Give it a taste and adjust the salt and pepper to your liking (I added a touch more pepper, but no salt). Garnish with fresh chopped parsley, if desired.

Overhead view of a pot full of vegetable barley soup with bread on the side

YUMMMM. Vegetable-y goodness got me all warm and cozy!

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The BEST Green Bean Casserole

This easy Green Bean Casserole recipe is made 100% from scratch with lightened-up ingredients, including a delicious creamy green bean filling and a crispy onion topping.  It’s also easy to make ahead and always a crowd fave. Move on over, canned creamy soup, frozen green beans, and packaged fried onions. This green bean casserole recipe […]

This easy Green Bean Casserole recipe is made 100% from scratch with lightened-up ingredients, including a delicious creamy green bean filling and a crispy onion topping.  It’s also easy to make ahead and always a crowd fave.

Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Move on over, canned creamy soup, frozen green beans, and packaged fried onions.

This green bean casserole recipe is made entirely from scratch, and tastes a million times better than the old-school classic casserole full of processed ingredients.  And it is my hands-down favorite♡♡♡

Mainly, I just love this recipe because it legitimately tastes fresh and flavorful.  For too many years, I always took a pass on the green bean casserole at Thanksgiving because it was so mushy and bland and boring.  But turns out — when this casserole is well-seasoned and made with scratch ingredients, it comes to life and is bursting with fresh flavors!

Instead of soggy frozen green beans, fresh green beans are the star of the show here, which are ever-so-briefly cooked in order to preserve their crisp texture and bright flavor.  Instead of cream of mushroom soup, fresh mushrooms are sautéed and folded into a lightened-up creamy alfredo sauce.  And instead of dry, packaged, palm-oil-fried onions, a fresh red onion is sautéed with panko breadcrumbs, which then toast up to golden perfection as the casserole bakes.

Altogether, it adds up to an absolute showstopper of a green bean casserole.  I make it every Thanksgiving, and friends and family all agree that it’s the best!

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