Mushrooms and Barley and Bears – Oh My!

My Dad told me about this fantastic, hearty winter soup recipe he had made after seeing it on tv.  Barley in soup always reminds me of my Nanny – she used to put pearl barley in her veggie soup and we would eat that soup, along with some homemade cornish pasties she had bought from church almost every Sunday in the Winter time when we would visit. 

I made a huge batch of this soup and froze half for easy week night meals — and it reheated no worries!

soup with toast


Mushroom Barley Soup

Serves 4

  • 7 ounces pearl barley, cooked (simmer) in 7 cups of water for 1 hour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, medium dice
  • 2 garlic cloves, small dice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1oz dried porcini – soaked overnight in 500 ml hot water
  • 18oz assorted mushrooms  – such as shitake, cremini, white  button or portobello
  • 1.4 cup sherry
  • 4 cups of chicken or vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • Chopped parsley to serve

Cook the pearl barley in the 7 cups of water for approximately 1 hour, strain.  Once the barley has been cooked, melt the butter and saute onion until soft.  Add garlic, rosemary, thyme, and chopped mushrooms and saute until soft. Strain porcini, reserving liquid.  Chop the porcini mushrooms and add to the pan, along with precooked barley, stock, reserved porcini liquid and sherry.

Cook for approx 20 minutes and season with salt and pepper.

Serve topped with chopped parsley.

toast and soup  

2 thoughts on “Mushrooms and Barley and Bears – Oh My!

  1. Just yummy … except the ‘shrooms. I just don’t like them. Bunny Lady made some barley soup too recently .. first in a looooog time. Nice.

    SAy .. would you pass along to Keith that sometimes when I go to exit the bunny blog, it commences to replicate itself on my machine until it soaks up all the memory and stalls!

    I have Windows Me and that might have something to do with it, but I do now read about Gus and Betsy with some fear and trepidation!

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