Oh my goodness-- this is one of my top 3 "Healthy & Cheap" meals! I make a LOT--it freezes really well. I've doubled this recipe below and I'd say it makes about 25 servings-- so you can halve it if you don't want any to freeze.
This is also super easy-- you can really dump it all in the pot. You can change what's added based on what you like-- it's a pretty loose recipe.
2 cups pearl barley
4 carrots, chopped fine
4 stalks celery, chopped fine OR (my preference) 1 bunch chopped leeks + 1 tsp celery seed
4 yukon potatoes, chopped
18 cups water
6 vegan Rapunzel boullion cubes
salt and fresh pepper to taste
All in pot, bring to boil-- then simmer 1 hour.
OR- all in crockpot, cook 6 hours
10 mins before serving add 2 cups frozen peas + 2 cups frozen corn.
Better the next day because it thickens.
Taking for lunch? Fill a mason jar, then heat up in microwave at work! (Take lid off!)