Friday, February 20, 2015

Mushroom Barley Soup

Tryin' to be a little more present, here on ye olde blog!

Here's some comfort food extraordinaire, perfect for a cold, winter's day. Spring is coming soon! But unfortunately, it's still not here.

So, warm yourselves with a hot, hearty helping of homemade ... soup. (No "h"-word for that, to keep up the alliteration!)

I'd never made Mushroom Barley Soup before, despite having eaten lots of it. It's so simple! It's so good!

Mushroom Barley Soup

1-3/4 cups water
pinch of kosher salt
3/4 cup pearled barley

2 tablespoons oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large carrot, finely diced
1 large celery stalk, finely diced
1 small yellow onion, finely diced
2 large Portobello mushrooms, chopped
6 ounces white mushrooms, chopped
pinch of red pepper flakes
2-1/2 cups beef broth
1/4 cup red wine
1 tablespoon kosher salt
generous sprinkling of freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon all-purpose seasoning
1 tablespoon soy sauce
sour cream, for serving

Prepare barley: In a small saucepan, bring water and salt to a boil. Stir in barley, cover, lower heat to simmer, and cook for 45 minutes, until water is absorbed and barley is just tender.

Prepare soup: Heat oil over medium-high heat in a soup pot. Add garlic, carrot, celery, and onion; cook for 2 minutes, until vegetables are becoming translucent. Add all the mushrooms and the red pepper flakes; cook, stirring frequently, for 6-7 minutes until the mushrooms are browning.

Add broth, wine, salt, pepper, seasoning, and soy sauce; bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Add barley and simmer for 30 more minutes.

Serve hot, with a dollop of sour cream stirred in.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings.


Jean | said...

Mary, I had forgotten all about barley! I've never made barley soup and haven't eaten any in years. Must remedy that now! Glad to see you back in the blogosphere!

gluten Free A_Z Blog said...

So glad to have this recipe. Everyone seems to love a bowl of mushroom barley on a cold winter day. Great to make for company.
Also glad to see you back posting

Chris said...

I am a huge fan of beef and barley but I like this version too. Seems like it would be healthier but who are we trying to kid? We both know I'm going to sop it up with huge buttery yeast rolls :)

Glad to see you posting again. Hope all is well.

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