Wild Mushroom Barley Soup

Wild Mushroom Barley Soup

I remember the first time I made mushroom barley soup. I was having a large group of people over for a simcha and I decided to whip up a batch of the hearty soup. Having never made it before, I underestimated how much the barley would expand. Lets just say it was more of a cream of barley soup than a mushroom anything. I have since learned my lesson and to be sure of myself, I cook the barley separately and add it the soup once it’s already tender.

But that’s not the only thing that makes this soup anything but average. Instead of serving up a bowl of soup with a puddle of grease floating on top (you all know what I’m talking about), I blend the soup using only half of the barley. Since my kids wouldn’t normally eat mushrooms, blending it makes for a perfect disguise and they don’t have to miss out on this delicious recipe. After blending, I add in the remaining barley for added texture in every bite.

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15 thoughts on “Wild Mushroom Barley Soup

    1. It is! My mom happened to pass by after I made the soup. I gave her a bowl and she said it was the best soup she had ever tasted!

  1. Made this today its so good just 1 question was the 3-4 cups of water for the soup or to cook the barley wasnt so clear.

    1. Thanks Mashi! I meant it for the barley but since I wrote it in a separate note, I’ll take it out. Sorry for the confusion. Did you add it to the soup (I’m sure it would still be fine).

  2. Hi Chanie,

    We’re just 2 and it looks like this serves at least 6-8. Would freezing the leftovers work? Have you tried that? I would add the additional barley once I defrosted…


    1. I haven’t made in a while (and I always kick myself for not writing the serving size!) but I think I would double it! The last time I made it (for a catering job), the pot was licked clean!

  3. I loved your M&B soup in crockpot for Shabbos lunch. Do you have other recipes that would work as well (for Shabbos lunch)? Would these two work?

    fire roasted tomato rice stoup
    wild mushroom barley soup

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