Mushroom Barley Soup for Two Recipe
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Mushroom Barley Soup for Two Recipe

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THIS is part of my favorite meal, quick and easy to prepare and the perfect amount for two of us. The mushrooms, carrots and barley are a good combination for flavor and color.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each ) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 230 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 1543mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 7g fiber), 12g protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, saute mushrooms and garlic in butter for 3 minutes. Stir in the broth, barley and soy sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Add the carrot, dill, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until barley and carrot are tender. Yield: 3 cups.
Originally published as Mushroom Barley Soup in Reminisce Extra November 2007, p52

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ooh! User ID: 5628505 246739
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2016

"Maybe I made it wrong, but we found this to be pretty bland. My 1 yr old liked it tho!"

PaangoMN User ID: 5733182 117205
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2013

"I made this with couple of changes. I used Bella mushrooms for their great flavor, added 1/2 cup Great Northern beans, used low sodium chicken broth. Will definitely make this again as I love barley soups. I may throw in some chopped kale or collard greens next time."

PaangoMN User ID: 5733182 147684
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2013

"I love barley soups and mushrooms so this was a great recipe and perfect for fall. I used low sodium chic broth and a bit less of the soy sauce. I figure I can always add more if needed but like to go light initially. I used Bella mushrooms as I think they have more flavor than others. I will make this again. Also I added about 1/2 cup of Great Northern beans to it. Very good."

brichister User ID: 2594095 208565
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2012

"I had purchased barley to make another soup recipe and was looking for other recipes that include barley. This soup dish was a big hit with us - will be making this soup again."

mennuchi User ID: 2577554 101346
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"YES! Friends had a "soup Sunday" gathering recently and this is one of the soups I made. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. Several asked for the recipe."

paulacurry911 User ID: 1298239 168406
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2010

"This is our new favorite soup. EZ, delicious and good for you! I also used low salt broth and soy sauce."

leegee User ID: 128721 94429
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2010

"This soup is fantastic!! I've been looking for a vegetarian/vegan substitute for beef barley soup and found one! It's very easy to make, and to double or even triple. Definitely a keeper."

suz4fsu User ID: 4952086 162537
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2010

"I just made this soup today. It is delicious and super quick and easy!! I used quick cook barley, added everything at once, brought it to a boil and cooked for 15 minutes. I topped it with a little shredded parmesan. My kitchen smells great and even my dog begged for a bowl. It would be good with green onions sprinkled on top."

Kris Countryman User ID: 1858674 162533
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2009

"This was wonderful. I substituted a little onion for the garlic. We all loved it."

Crashleen User ID: 4481923 168404
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2009

"I just made this soup (eating it as I type) and it's delicious! My kitchen smells like garlic (in a good way) and the only thing I would change is to use the "low sodium" chicken broth next time. Mmmmm, yummy!"

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