Adapted from the New American Plate Cookbook
This combination of mushrooms, barley and carrots makes for a soup packed high in vitamin B6 and packed with fiber. Enjoy this recipe as a comforting main dish or simple side soup on cool-weather days.
Mushroom Barley Soup
- 1 Tbsp. canola oil divided
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 celery ribs chopped
- 1/2 cup pearl barley rinsed and drained
- 6 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth divided
- 5 cups about 3/4 pound chopped mushrooms
- 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 3 medium carrots peeled and diced
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Cayenne pepper to taste
In a large soup pot, heat 1/2 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add onion and celery and sauté for 3 minutes. Add barley and stir constantly for 2 minutes. Add 4 cups of broth and bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 40 minutes.
Meanwhile, in nonstick pan, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and sauté for 6 minutes, stirring constantly, until mushrooms are tender. Add Worcestershire sauce and stir for 1 minute. Remove mushrooms from heat. Stir in carrots and set aside.
After barley has simmered for 40 minutes, add mushroom and carrot mixture and remaining 2 cups of broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes, until vegetables and barley are very tender. Season to taste with salt, black pepper and cayenne. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 4 days.