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The Nosh Pit: Chunky Mushroom Barley Soup
It was a frigid February, and I figured a hearty bowl of soup would be perfect for my small gathering
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The first time I ever made this soup was in a tiny Manhattan apartment for an improvised Super Bowl party - the kind where you mute the game and avidly watch the commercials.

It was a frigid February, and I figured a hearty bowl of soup would be perfect for my small gathering.

But as I hunted around my closet-sized kitchen, I realized I had no saucepan even close to big enough for this recipe. I was disheartened, until I spied my crockpot in a closet. Suddenly, all was well again with the world.

I've made this soup many times since then, which is saying something for me since I prefer to experiment and am frequently mocked for never making the same thing twice.

I generally make it in a regular pot now, since the mushrooms and onions are sautéed first before the other ingredients are added, but that can be done in a frying pan and then transferred to a crockpot. You can set it on low, spend an afternoon out, and arrive home to a steaming bowl of soup - perfect as an appetizer or a light supper.

Mushroom Barley Soup:
Serves 3 to 4 people.

2 tablespoons oil
1 medium onion, diced
8 ounces white mushrooms, sliced or quartered
2 tablespoons of flour
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1/3 cup barley
salt and pepper

Heat the oil in a large pot. Add the onion and mushrooms and sautée, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes.

With the flame on low, stir in the flour, then add the broth in a steady stream, mixing continuously.

Add in the barley, and cover the soup, letting it simmer on low for 30 to 40 minutes.

Add salt and pepper to taste.


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Last Update:

09/08/2012 - 21:53


Also, you can add some carrot, and maybe even a parsnip and/or rutabaga (orange turnip).
I do it the same except that I saute some celery too. It adds.
how do you get 6 - 8 servings of the soup with 3 cups of liquid?
The addition of a few pieces of dried porcini (boletus edulis) will give the Mushroom and barley soup an authentic old world woodsy, compelling taste

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