Graubünden barley soup recipe - culinary delights from Samnaun

Graubünden barley soup: a hearty treat for every season
Every valley in Graubünden has its own Graubünden barley soup recipe. Here we explain how we prepare this classic and comforting dish in Samnaun. So you can bring a little bit of Graubünden home with you. 


  • ½ celery 
  • 2 carrots 
  • ½ cabbage 
  • 1 leek 
  • 1 onion 
  • 40 g butter 
  • 100 g barley, coarse or medium 
  • 150 g beans, white or red 
  • Approx. 2 l water 
  • 2 meat stock cubes 
  • 300 g smoked pork 
  • 200 g Bündnerfleisch 
  • 150 g bacon 
  • 1 tbsp salt, ground pepper 
  • 2 dl cream 


  • Peel the celery and carrots and cut into small pieces. 
  • Remove the ribs from the cabbage and cut into thin strips. 
  • Cut the leek into rings. 
  • Cut the onion into small pieces. 
  • Place the butter, celery, carrots and cabbage in a heated pan and sauté. 
  • Then add the barley, leek, beans, onion and water. 
  • Add the meat stock cubes and simmer for 180 minutes. 
  • Cut the Bündnerfleisch into small pieces, add to the soup and leave to infuse for 30 minutes. 
  • Season the barley soup to taste and refine with salt, pepper and a little cream before serving.