Mushrooms and Barley Soup

Mushroom Barley Soup

Can’t get any more healthy than this… or vegetarian for that matter. Well, actually I used beef broth in it but you can probably go for vegetable kind and turn it into a boring vegan meal, but what do I know. Anyway, it is one of my favourite soups as of now and even if it sounds weird to you, I say you should definitely give it a try… for the sake of argument :).

Watch it with the mushrooms, cut them as small as you can and maybe fry them in a separate pan for few more minutes; they tend to get weird if you just boil them. Same with barley, I used ¾ of a cup in this recipe and the thing sucked all my liquid, so I adjusted the recipe for a ⅓ of a cup, but if you want more knock yourself out.

Mushrooms and Barley Soup
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 tbsp butter, unsalted
  • 1 cup celery, sliced
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced
  • ½ lb (230g) fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 cups low sodium beef broth (or fat-free vegetable broth)
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • ⅓ cup quick cooking barley
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh italian parsley, chopped
  1. In a decent size skillet, add some vegetable oil and fry those mushrooms along with the garlic until you are satisfied with the result. I usually like them well cooked.
  2. In a large pot melt butter over medium heat then add celery, carrots and onion, cook and stir for 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and garlic; cook and stir for another 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in broth and 2 cups of water, tomato paste, salt and pepper to taste; bring to boiling. Stir in your barley and reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until barley is tender.
  4. Add parsley and serve hot.


  1. Mariam says

    Hi question –

    In your ingredient list you don’t have onions, but in your directions you DO! How much onion did you use??

    • baker says

      Oh I missed it. It is usually half a medium onion but usually is not an exact quantity. You can even just boil it whole and then remove it if you are not crazy about onions in your your soup, some peeps don’t like them. In the end onions don’t make your soup bad no matter how much you put in it so don’t worry. Again half to a whole medium onion and you are cool. Thanks for pointing that out

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