Mushroom Barley Soup

mushroom barley soup

This recipe from Post Punk Kitchen is a new take on a traditional winner. The fresh vegetables are chunky and the broth is clear. Paired with fresh herbs…it’s a real winner.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 vidalia onion, thinly sliced (a regular yellow onion is fine, too!)
  • 8 oz cremini mushroom, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 average sized zucchini, sliced into 1/4 inch thick half moons
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 average sized tomato, diced
  • 3/4 cups uncooked pearled (quick cooking) barley
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • Fresh black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Herb mix:

  • 3 tablespoons fresh chopped dill
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped thyme


Preheat a 4 quart pot over medium heat. Saute the onion in olive oil with a pinch of salt until translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add the mushrooms and zucchini, and cook until slightly softened and some of the moisture has been released, about 5 more minutes. Mix in the garlic and saute for a minute or so.

Add celery, tomato, barley, broth, pepper and salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer, add herbs, cover again and cook until barley is tender, about 10 minutes. Salt and season to taste. For best results, let it sit for at least 10 minutes uncovered so that the flavors can marry. Serve garnished with extra herbs.

Recipes and photo courtesy of Post Punk Kitchen

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