Mushroom Barley Soup

Mushroom Barley SoupRecipe
Photo: Petrina Tinslay
Make this hearty Mushroom Barley Soup to warm up on a cold day. Serve with sourdough toast for a lunch or dinner that truly satisfies.


Makes 4 servings

Recipe from

Real Simple

Recipe Time

Prep: 35 Minutes
Other: 10 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calcium 58.1 mg
Calories 320.39
Caloriesfromfat 24 %
Carbohydrate 49.96 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Fat 8.53 g
Fiber 11.26 g
Iron 3.29 mg
Protein 16.97 mg
Satfat 1.53 g
Sodium 271.47 mg


1 cup barley
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium yellow onions, diced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 large carrot, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
20 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 bay leaves
8 sprigs fresh thyme
Sourdough or other country bread, toasted (optional)


In a medium pan, bring the barley and 4 cups of water to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until tender, 30 to 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add the onions, salt, and pepper. Cover and cook until the onions have softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the carrot and celery and cook, covered, for 6 minutes more. Add the mushrooms, increase heat to medium-high, and cook, covered, until they release their juices, about 4 minutes. Add the broth, bay leaves, and thyme and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Stir in the cooked barley and cook for 5 minutes more. Remove and discard the bay leaves. If desired, season with additional salt and pepper and serve with the sourdough toast.

Tip: If you have a few minutes to spare, bring out the barley's nutty flavor by sauteeing the uncooked grain with 1 tablespoon of olive oil or butter over medium heat for a few minutes before adding the water.