Float some homemade croutons on top of this soup for extra flavor and body. Serve with an amber beer and a salad of mixed greens with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.

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Recipe Summary

45 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, carrot, celery, onion, mushrooms, thyme, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until the vegetables release some of their juices, about 3 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and continue to cook, stirring often, until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 3 minutes.

  • Add Marsala (or sherry) and cook, stirring, until reduced, 1 to 2 minutes. Add broth, water and barley; bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables and barley are tender, about 15 minutes.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Note: Marsala and cream sherry, fortified wines, are flavorful and economical additions to many sauces. Store opened bottles in a cool, dry place for months.

Nutrition Facts

200 calories; protein 5.8g; carbohydrates 30.8g; dietary fiber 4.8g; sugars 7.6g; fat 7.3g; saturated fat 1.9g; cholesterol 5.1mg; vitamin a iu 5275.3IU; vitamin c 8mg; folate 31.5mcg; calcium 44.7mg; iron 0.7mg; magnesium 12.8mg; potassium 736.4mg; sodium 735.4mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
Even better the next day! Yum! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great taste but missing somethiing This is very tasty but I will never serve it as a main course again. It feels like I'm not really eating anything because there's no textures. (I eat a lot of pureed soup so it's not that.) I will definitely make again! Just as a side or an appetizer. Pros: Great taste. Easy & quick. Cons: Missing something Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great for Lunch................ yummy..:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
yummy soup! i doubled the recipe so i could have leftovers. i also had to use dry sherry and dried thyme (i doubled the amount of fresh called for in the recipe). even with these last minute substitutions it turned out excellent. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Super good and filling! Read More