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Appetizer, Vegetarian, Winter, Soup |140 calories per serving|95 minute recipe

Mushroom Barley Soup

This content was last updated on January 14, 2023

This combination of mushrooms, barley and carrots makes for a soup packed high in vitamin B6 and packed with fiber. Enjoy this recipe as a comforting main dish or simple side soup on cool-weather days.


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  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley, rinsed and drained
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth, divided
  • 5 cups (about 3/4 pound) chopped mushrooms
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
Makes 6 servings (1 serving = 1 ¾ cups). Per serving: 140 calories, 2.5 g total fat (0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 25 g carbohydrates, 4 g protein, 5 g dietary fiber, 200 mg sodium, 6 g sugar, 0 g added sugar.


  1. In a large soup pot, heat 1/2 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add onion and celery and sauté for 3 minutes. Add barley and stir constantly for 2 minutes. Add 4 cups of broth and bring mixture to boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 40 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in nonstick pan, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and sauté for 6 minutes, stirring constantly, until mushrooms are tender. Add Worcestershire sauce and stir for 1 minute. Remove mushrooms from heat. Stir in carrots and set aside.
  4. After barley has simmered for 40 minutes, add mushroom and carrot mixture and remaining 2 cups of broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes, until vegetables and barley are very tender. Season to taste with salt, black pepper and cayenne. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 4 days.

This recipe is reprinted from The New American Plate Cookbook, which features 200 mouth-watering recipes and color photos. It is available from bookstores and online booksellers. Proceeds from sales fund cancer research.

This recipe contains cancer fighting foods:

This recipe was specially crafted to support cancer prevention and survival. It adheres to AICR's Cancer Prevention Recommendations. Learn more about our recipe guidelines.

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Healthy and Delicious

February 28, 2024

Good way to incorporate more healthy mushrooms into your diet. I also added 2 slices of fresh ginger in step 2 prior to the 40 minute simmer. I was surprised how tasty it turned out. I will add a handful of spinach next time too for some extra health benefits.


Perfect Healing Soup

September 22, 2022

A bowl of warm, healing comfort. I make this recipe after each of my chemo treatments. It gives me 3 or 4 days of meals that are easy to heat up and satisfying. I use 4 cups cooked brown rice instead of the pearl barley for a gluten free version.