Ričet is Traditional Slovenian Barley Soup with main ingredient barley and a popular dish in Central and Eastern European. It is very healthy and nutritious dish and if you are vegetarian you can easily skip the sausage or ham and made it a completely vegan dish.

Ričet - Traditional Slovenian Barley Soup

Thi is very healthy and nutritious dish and easily can be turned into a completely vegan dish.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Slovenia
Keyword: Barley, beans, sausage


  • 200 g barley
  • l water
  • 200 g pre-cooked beans
  • 300 g cooked smoked pork, ham, sausage
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 300 g mixed vegetables
  • 1 tsp ground caraway seeds
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • ground black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 10 g bonito flakes
  • fresh parsley leaves


  • First wash the barley and soak with water in a large bowl overnight. 
  • Place a large pot over medium heat and pour the soaked barley in. Add garlic, season with herbs and spices, add sliced onions, leave the salt and bring it to boiling.
  • After it starts boiling reduce the heat to low and cook for about 20 minutes.
  • Add all the vegetables and mix the stew. 
  • Cook for 15 more minutes, add the cooked beans, and your meat of choice, and add tomato paste.
  • Now it is time for the salt and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Then cover and let it cool for 5 minutes, then sprinkle some frehsly chopped parsley on top. 

Inspiration and adaptation: homemadeslovenianfood.blogspot.com, kulinarika.net
Photo: Thiois/Wikipedia

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