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Mushroom Barley Soup Recipe

Mushroom Barley Soup Recipe

Soup is a very comforting and satisfying meal.  Soup can also be one of the healthiest and most enjoyable meals you eat if, you do it at home. Most canned soups are high in sodium and fat, but when you make it yourself, you are “in charge” and can create a very healthy soup.

We eat a lot of soup during the winter months. A few of our favorites are: Vegetarian Lentil Soup, Tomato and Roasted  Pepper soup, Tortilla Soup, and Tortellini Vegetable Soup. I love making big batches of soup so we can enjoy leftovers during the week.  I also like to freeze smaller portions for quick lunch or dinners when our schedules are busy.

I made this mushroom barley soup on a snowy day and it really warmed my heart, soul, and stomach. Barley is a good source of fiber, selenium,  phosphorus, copper and manganese. Barley makes this soup very hearty and will fill you up for hours.  The simple broth and vegetables  give the nutty barley the perfect amount of flavor.

This soup will warm you up in an instant. Give it a try this winter.


Mushroom Barley Soup


1 cup barley
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 package of white button mushrooms, sliced
3 (15 ounce) cans low sodium vegetable broth
1 cup water
2 bay leaves
2 T. fresh thyme, minced
Salt and pepper, to taste


In a medium pan, bring 4 cups of water and the 1 cup of barley to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 30-40 minutes, or until the barley is soft. You can make this the night before.

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Cook until soft. Add the carrots and celery and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook until they are soft. Add the vegetable broth, water, bay leaves, and fresh thyme. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir in the cooked barley and cook for 15 minutes or so.

Remove the bay leaves. before serving. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.

If you like this soup, you might also like:

Soba Noodle Soup with Spinach and Mushrooms from Two Peas and Their Pod
Beet, Barley, and Black Bean Soup from Eat Me Delicious
Vegetarian Barley and Lentil Soup from Eating Out Loud
Mushroom Barley Soup with Ham and Leeks from Kalyn’s Kitchen

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83 Responses to “Mushroom Barley Soup Recipe”

  1. Lori — January 6, 2010 @ 6:21 am

    Perfect timing. I have everything in and I’m making this today. Now I’m super excited for lunch time. :)

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet — January 6, 2010 @ 6:37 am

    This looks delish, Maria! We have like 6 feet of snow so now is the perfect time for this. :)

  3. Erica — January 6, 2010 @ 7:09 am

    Agree! Soup is such a great meal. I actually made a Cream of Chickpea (Vegan) yesterday that I will be posting at some point this week. I love love barley in soups. Such a fun and tasty grain. Hope you’re feeling better! Sorry I haven’t emailed you back yet…this week has been super busy so far! 😉

  4. Cookin' Canuck — January 6, 2010 @ 7:29 am

    This is one of my favorite kinds of soup and yours looks SO good! Now I’m very tempted to make some for lunch today. Sometimes I drizzle a little olive oil on my mushrooms and roast them before adding them to the soup. Adds a great flavor!

  5. Katie @ goodLife {eats} — January 6, 2010 @ 7:46 am

    I always forget about barley, and I have some, I just never think to use it. This looks great!

  6. The Food Hunter — January 6, 2010 @ 8:17 am

    I love soup this time of year.

  7. Gaby — January 6, 2010 @ 8:35 am

    I love barley! My parents are obsessed with it too! I’ll send them this recipe!

  8. beth — January 6, 2010 @ 8:37 am

    This would be welcome in my house today – heavy snow and freezing temps. Would be sure to warm us all up!!

  9. Dana — January 6, 2010 @ 9:21 am

    My mom used to make a mushroom barley soup when I was a kid and I had to force it down. Now it’s one of my favorites. Thanks for reminding me and for such a great recipe!

  10. Pam — January 6, 2010 @ 9:25 am

    I just happen to have some barley in the cupboard – this soup looks hearty, healthy and delicious!

  11. Rosa — January 6, 2010 @ 9:28 am

    A healthy soup! Great when it’s freezing cold outside!



  12. Live.Love.Eat — January 6, 2010 @ 9:33 am

    Great minds think alike :)

    I just sat down last night and made a list of all the soups I want to make. I haven’t done it much in the past but it’s my new thing!!!!!! Yours look wonderful!!!!

  13. Estela @ Weekly Bite — January 6, 2010 @ 9:46 am

    Soup make my tummy happy when it’s cold!

    This soup looks like the perfect meal!

  14. Scorpio Woman — January 6, 2010 @ 9:53 am

    Thanks for the recipe. It looks very healthy. I may try it this afternoon. I have all the ingredients :)

  15. Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen — January 6, 2010 @ 10:26 am

    Sounds and looks yummy, Maria! I love making soups in the winter months!

  16. kat — January 6, 2010 @ 10:28 am

    I’m adding this to our list of winter soups especially since the hubs decided he now likes mushrooms

  17. teresa — January 6, 2010 @ 10:40 am

    i have a feeling me and this soup could get along just great!

  18. Kelly @ EvilShenanigans — January 6, 2010 @ 11:03 am

    That looks so rich and comforting!

  19. Megan — January 6, 2010 @ 11:17 am

    Ooh – this looks great! Perfect for the cold weather we’ve been having in New England. I need to try to make a barley soup soon. I think next up for me is lentil though. I’ve been craving lentil soup – so odd. :)

  20. stephchows — January 6, 2010 @ 11:35 am

    I love a nice big bowl of homemade soup… and if there is a loaf of freshly baked bread to go with it… even better!

  21. Shannon — January 6, 2010 @ 12:09 pm

    this sounds delicious! i’ve been trying to finish the cans of soup in my pantry, and i’m so glad i’m done! reminds me not to do that again, and to make more of my own soup :)

  22. rebecca — January 6, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

    oh love this and so healthy thanks so much for visiting my blog


  23. Natalie (The Sweets Life) — January 6, 2010 @ 12:28 pm

    This is my kind of soup!! I can’t wait to give it a try!

  24. Rachel (S[d]OC) — January 6, 2010 @ 12:40 pm

    Looks great. I made a ridiculous amount of stock last week and it’s taking up space in my freezer. I need soup recipe inspiration wherever I can get it!

  25. pigpigscorner — January 6, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

    I agree! Soup is so comforting! This looks so delicious!

  26. Alta — January 6, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

    Yum! All of a sudden, I’m seeing barley and mushrooms all over the blogosphere. I love your recipe – nothing too fancy, and yet it sounds so comforting, warming, and hearty. So perfect for this frigid weather we’re having!

  27. Tiffiny Felix — January 6, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

    I love mushrooms, and I’m always looking for new ways to use barley. Yummy! Thanks! :)

  28. Liesl — January 6, 2010 @ 2:53 pm

    This sounds like a great soup for this time of year! YUM

  29. lo — January 6, 2010 @ 2:57 pm

    So very true about the nourishing nature of soup. I also think that making soup at home is so very therapeutic!

    Haven’t done a mushroom barley soup in a long time. Thanks for the inspiration!

  30. grace — January 6, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

    barley is most definitely a magical soup ingredient. i just love how it plumps up and automatically makes the dish more hearty. lovely soup, maria!

  31. dawn — January 6, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

    tis the season for lots of soup making isn’t it? I’m tired of winter already. I have a couple quarts of chicken soup in freezer, and seeing this made me defrost them.

  32. Sheila — January 6, 2010 @ 3:45 pm

    Could you please tell me if you could leave out the mushrooms?? My husband is NOT crazy about them.

  33. twopeas — January 6, 2010 @ 4:02 pm

    Shelia-if your husband hates mushrooms you can leave them out. I personally think they “make the soup” but I am a mushroom lover:) You can add other veggies if you wish or chicken or beans to make it more hearty without the mushrooms.

  34. Jaime — January 6, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

    how perfect for winter! love the new site design :)

  35. Bridgett — January 6, 2010 @ 7:26 pm

    I have been craving something simple and warming and I do think this would fit the bill. It looks heavenly!

  36. Nicole — January 6, 2010 @ 8:23 pm

    Yum! That soup looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  37. Lesley Lifting Life — January 6, 2010 @ 8:27 pm

    I love barley and I love mushrooms so I’m positive I would love this soup! :)

  38. marla {Family Fresh Cooking} — January 6, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

    This mushroom barley soup looks so very good. Warming and satisfying! We are heading out to the mountains at the end of the month for a ski trip, I will make this while we are away (perhaps before then.) This would be the perfect soup for lunch or dinner, anytime!! Lovely photo!

  39. Barabara Bakes — January 6, 2010 @ 8:57 pm

    That really does look warm and delicious! Perfect for our weather!

  40. Kitty — January 6, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

    I luv soup to make, but my favorite is not so healthy made from lots of cream and milk!

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