Mushroom Barley Soup


Float some homemade croutons on top of this mushroom barley soup for extra flavor and body. Serve with a simple salad for a healthy dinner.

Mushroom Barley Soup
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
2 servings, cups each


  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon butter

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and finely chopped

  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 8 ounces mushrooms, chopped

  • 1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

  • teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1/4 cup Marsala, or cream sherry (see Note)

  • 1 14-ounce can vegetable broth, or reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 cup water

  • ¼ cup quick-cooking barley


  1. 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.

  2. 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 (per serving)

200 Calories
7g Fat
31g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 200
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 6g 12%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Vitamin A 5275IU 106%
Vitamin C 8mg 9%
Folate 32mcg 8%
Sodium 735mg 32%
Calcium 45mg 3%
Iron 1mg 4%
Magnesium 13mg 3%
Potassium 736mg 16%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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