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
2-4 carrots, chopped fine
2-4 stalks celery, chopped fine
2 onions, chopped fine
4 potatoes, chopped
18 cups water
4 vegan Rapunzel boullion cubes
Optional: leeks & 1 tsp celery seed
All in pot, bring to boil-- simmer 1 hour.
10 mins before serving add 1 cup frozen peas + 1 cup 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!)