Delicious! Mushroom and Barley Soup!

Mushroom and Barley Soup

Bob asked me recently why I hesitate to make soup.  Soup recipes tend to have a lot going on, and I can be intimidated by a long list of ingredients.  But what is probably more accurate is that I’m unsure how throwing a bunch of items in a pot on the stove will turn out tasting good.  But lately, my willingness to try has been increasing!  So far this season, I’ve made:

I must say, I’m impressed with myself!  I usually just stick with chili (vegan, bison, pumpkin).  :)

I recently found a new item at Trader Joe’s, which spawned the idea to try making a Mushroom and Barley Soup.

Trader Joe's Barley

Mushroom and Barley Soup (2 big servings)

  • 1/4 c. barley, uncooked
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 2 celery, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 t. garlic, minced
  • 1 t. dried, crushed rosemary
  • 1 t. dried oregano
  • 1 t. ground black pepper
  • 1 T. tamari sauce
  • 1/4 c. cooking sherry
  • 3 c. water or broth

Directions:  In a medium-sized pot, saute the onion and garlic in a touch of EVOO until the onion is translucent.  Add the barley, and saute to slightly toast.  Add the green pepper, celery, carrot and mushrooms.  Saute for about three minutes.

Mushroom and Barley Soup

Add the remainder of the ingredients, stir and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes or until barley is tender.

Mushroom and Barley Soup

Mushroom and Barley Soup

This soup was definitely a winner.  Curled up on the couch, watching a football game with Bob, it was the perfect dinner:  easy to make, healthy, delicious and filling.

I think I’m starting to get the hang of this soup business!

Any great, healthy (preferably easy) soup recipes to share?  I’m in the mood to keep trying!

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  1. says

    I am completely opposite you. I find it hard to mess up a batch of soup, as long as it is adequately seasoned. There is nothing better, especially in the colder months. I could seriously eat soup everyday(I had it last night, for lunch today and tonight for dinner) and not get tired of it. Yum!!!

  2. says

    This looks delicious and I love your pumpkin spice and cauliflower soup, too. I haven’t thought to combine pumpkin with cauliflower, but it looks wonderful!

    I stumbled upon your blog and I’m so glad I did, because I have been drooling over your recipes! I am looking forward to following it!

  3. says

    TJ’s sells quick barley? Oh my gosh, I’m going to be in heaven. I absolutely love mushroom and barley soup in the winter, but I’m never patient enough to wait the 45+ minutes for regular barley. Mmm, with a big hunk of crusty bread? I can’t wait!

  4. says

    Looks AMAZING. It’s funny, because I love making soup simply BECAUSE there is so much going on. :) I love to chop vegetables, also. I find it very cathartic. [And hooray for a mushroom soup that isn’t cream based! Those are my favorite kind.]

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