This delicious and savoury traditional barely based soup, with speck, is from the northern region of Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige! This Austro-Hungarian influenced dish is remarkably flavourful, despite its humble and simple ingredients.

I bet many of you have never had this and I’m telling you this, YOU NEED TO TRY IT! It will become one of your favourites. Perfect for a cold winters day.

See the clean, simple ingredients list below and then watch the video for detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to prepare this soul soothing soup.


Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 45 Minutes

Total Time: 1 Hour

Servings: 6 Servings


  • 1 cup pearl barley

  • 2 medium potatoes, cubed

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 2 carrots, diced

  • 2 celery ribs, diced

  • 3 garlic cloves, diced

  • 3 whole bay leaves

  • 1/2 lbs smoked pancetta, cut into cubes

  • 4-6 slices speck, cut into pieces

  • 2 1/2 L chicken broth

  • EVOO

  • Salt and pepper to taste