Bountiful Barley & Mushroom Broth


Welcome to a cozy culinary retreat with our Bountiful Barley & Mushroom Broth. This rustic soup marries the earthy flavors of mushrooms with the hearty, nutty essence of barley, creating a comforting and nutritious meal. Ideal for chilly nights or as a wholesome lunch, it's a simple yet satisfying dish that brings warmth and joy to any table.

Bountiful Barley & Mushroom Broth

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 1 bowl (approximately 250 ml)

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 180 kcal
  • Protein: 5g
  • Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Sodium: 300mg


  • Pearl barley: 1 cup (200g)
  • Button mushrooms, sliced: 300g (10.5 oz)
  • Onion, finely chopped: 1 large (200g)
  • Carrots, diced: 2 medium (150g)
  • Celery stalks, diced: 2 (100g)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 2 (10g)
  • Vegetable broth: 6 cups (1440ml)
  • Fresh thyme: 1 teaspoon (1g)
  • Olive oil: 2 tablespoons (30ml)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Barley Prep: Rinse barley under cold water and drain.
  2. Vegetable Sauté: In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Cook until softened.
  3. Mushroom Addition: Stir in mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Combine Ingredients: Add barley, broth, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  5. Simmer: Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for about 1 hour, or until barley is tender.
  6. Final Seasoning: Adjust seasoning if necessary.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Rinse Barley: Ensure to rinse the barley thoroughly to remove any dust.
  • Slow Cook: Allow the soup to simmer slowly for the best flavor infusion.
  • Fresh Herbs: Use fresh thyme for a more robust flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use another type of mushroom? 

Yes, feel free to experiment with different varieties.

Is it gluten-free? 

No, barley contains gluten.

Can I make it in advance? 

Yes, it tastes even better the next day.

With each spoonful of this Bountiful Barley & Mushroom Broth, let the earthy and wholesome flavors comfort and nourish you. It's more than a soup; it's a hug in a bowl, offering a taste of home and heartiness. Bon Appétit!