Graubünden Tourism

Recipe: Graubünden barley soup

Graubünden's most famous soup is probably the Bündner barley soup, which is well known far beyond the state border. There are dozens of variants. Every valley in Graubünden has its own recipe. We have selected one of them for you.


Ingredients for about 4 people

  • 100 g coarse or medium barley
  • 2 liters of water
  • 40 g of butter
  • 2 cubes of meat bouillon
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 300 g pork smoked
  • 200 g Bündnerfleisch
  • 150 g bacon
  • 1 leek stalk
  • 1/2 cabbage
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 celery
  • 200 ml of cream
  • 1 onion
  • 150 g of beans


  • Peel celery and carrots and cut into small cubes or strips.
  • Cut off the thick ribs from the cabbage and cut it into strips, slice the leek stalks.
  • Cut the onion into small pieces.
  • Heat the oil in a large pan and steam the celery and cabbage in it.
  • Add the barley, leek, beans, onion and about 2 liters of water.
  • Dissolve the bouillon cube and simmer for 2 1/2 hours.
  • Cut the meat into cubes and add to the soup and let it steep for another half hour.
  • After the cooking time, season with salt and pepper from the mill and add a little cream just before serving.
Ingredients for a barley soup

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