Mushroom Onion Barley Soup

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 45 min.


7 servings (1-3/4 quarts)

Updated: Oct. 21, 2022
After tinkering with three different recipes, I came up with this warming rich, dark brown broth with hearty mushrooms, barley and onions. It’s a beefy tasting soup for my meat loving husband, completely vegan for me and healthy for both of us. It can simmer all day in a crock pot or be served up right after preparation.
Mushroom Onion Barley Soup Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 7 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup medium pearl barley
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a large saucepan, saute onion and mushrooms in oil until vegetables are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 45-50 minutes or until barley is tender.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 101 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 746mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.