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Mushroom Onion Barley Soup

After tinkering with three different recipes, I came up with this warming rich, dark brown broth with hearty mushrooms, barley and onions. It’s a beefy tasting soup for my meat loving husband, completely vegan for me and healthy for both of us. It can simmer all day in a crock pot or be served up right after preparation.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 45 min.
  • Makes
    7 servings (1-3/4 quarts)


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 7 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup medium pearl barley
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large saucepan, saute onion and mushrooms in oil until vegetables are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 45-50 minutes or until barley is tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 101 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 746mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • bicktasw
    Oct 31, 2020

    Great recipe ..... the perfect brothy soup for a cold night. I used 8 cups of chicken broth (left out the water) and added about 2/3 cups diced potatoes to the soup.. Other than that ..... I followed the recipe exactly. Wonderful mushroom-y flavor perfect for dunking a piece of crusty bread. I might add a shredded carrot next time I make it just for the color.

  • Emproper
    Nov 12, 2017

    This is a delicious hearty soup. However, in contrary to the introduction, it is not vegan or even vegetarian. It has 7 cups of chicken broth.