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Mushroom Barley Soup for Two

This is part of my favorite meal, quick and easy to prepare and the perfect amount for two of us. The mushrooms, carrots and barley are a good combination for flavor and color. The recipe is easy to double (or triple!) if you want to make a larger batch. —Aimee Lawrence, Wimberley, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.
  • Makes
    3 cups


  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a small saucepan, saute mushrooms and garlic in butter for 3 minutes. Stir in the broth, barley and soy sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add the carrot, dill, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer until barley and carrot are tender, about 15 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 230 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 1543mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 7g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • ooh!
    Apr 7, 2016

    Maybe I made it wrong, but we found this to be pretty bland. My 1 yr old liked it tho!

  • PaangoMN
    Sep 19, 2013

    I made this with couple of changes. I used Bella mushrooms for their great flavor, added 1/2 cup Great Northern beans, used low sodium chicken broth. Will definitely make this again as I love barley soups. I may throw in some chopped kale or collard greens next time.

  • PaangoMN
    Sep 19, 2013

    I love barley soups and mushrooms so this was a great recipe and perfect for fall. I used low sodium chic broth and a bit less of the soy sauce. I figure I can always add more if needed but like to go light initially. I used Bella mushrooms as I think they have more flavor than others. I will make this again. Also I added about 1/2 cup of Great Northern beans to it. Very good.

  • julialynneb
    Dec 26, 2012

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  • Gcolon
    Sep 18, 2012

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  • brichister
    Mar 24, 2012

    I had purchased barley to make another soup recipe and was looking for other recipes that include barley. This soup dish was a big hit with us - will be making this soup again.

  • mennuchi
    Nov 14, 2011

    YES! Friends had a "Soup Sunday" gathering recently and this is one of the soups I made. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. Several asked for the recipe.

  • paulacurry911
    Nov 13, 2010

    This is our new favorite soup. EZ, delicious and good for you! I also used low salt broth and soy sauce.

  • leegee
    Jul 14, 2010

    This soup is fantastic!! I've been looking for a vegetarian/vegan substitute for beef barley soup and found one! It's very easy to make, and to double or even triple. Definitely a keeper.

  • suz4fsu
    Apr 1, 2010

    I just made this soup today. It is delicious and super quick and easy!! I used quick cook barley, added everything at once, brought it to a boil and cooked for 15 minutes. I topped it with a little shredded parmesan. My kitchen smells great and even my dog begged for a bowl. It would be good with green onions sprinkled on top.