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Mushroom, Onion, and Barley Soup

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Quick Facts

Servings: 6
Cook Time: 60 min.
To cut the cooking time in half, soak the barley overnight when planning for this healthy soup.


  • 1 1/2 cups pearled barley, soaked in 4 cups filtered water overnight, drained, and rinsed
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 ribs celery, cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 2 carrots, scrubbed or peeled, sliced in half lengthwise and cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 3 cups sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 4 cups light vegetable stock
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • sea salt


  • In a medium-large stockpot, place the drained barley, onion, celery, carrots, and mushrooms. Add the stock and 2 cups of filtered water. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the barley is completely cooked and thickened.
  • Season to taste with sea salt. Add more water or stock if the soup is too thick for your liking.
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Variation: In a pinch, filtered water and natural bouillon cubes may be used.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 293
  Calories from Fat 33 (11%)
(6%)Total Fat 4g
(4%)Saturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
(1%)Cholesterol 2mg
(49%)Sodium 1172mg
(19%)Potassium 652mg
Total Carbohydrate 56g
(46%)Dietary Fiber 11g
Sugars 3g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(21%)Protein 10g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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