Add barley and 3 cups of water to pot. Cook barley as directed on packaging while continuing next tasks, for 15 minutes.
While barley boils, add oil and all vegetables to a separate pan. Heat to medium.
While heating pan, add basil, onion powder, tomato paste, and OPTIONAL chili flakes. Sauté on medium heat for 2-3 minutes until softened and veggies are covered in tomato paste.
Once barley has softened and most water has evaporated from the barley, add veggie mixture to the pot.
Add 2 cups of water and stir well. If thick add 1/2 cup until desired consistency is reached. Simmer on medium heat covered for about 15 - 20 minutes. Until carrots/celery soften.
Add garlic, and plant based butter. Stir well.
Add OPTIONAL Nutritional yeast. Stir well.
Add 1 cup of frozen broccoli. Stir.
Cook on medium for 5 minutes.
Turn off heat, cool, and enjoy! Add sea salt to taste!