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Wild Mushroom and Barley Soup |Craving Something Healthy

Wild Mushroom and Barley Soup

A rich and hearty soup that's full of umami flavor from dried and fresh mushrooms
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword mushrooms, soup
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 122kcal
Author Craving Something Healthy


  • 1/3 cup mixed dried mushrooms (porcini, shitake, maitake, black trumpet or others)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces fresh Baby Bella (Crimini) mushrooms sliced
  • 3 medium carrots sliced
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 cups mushroom, vegetable or chicken stock low sodium
  • 1/2 cup dried barley
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • sea salt
  • 3 fresh sage leaves minced


  • Place all of the dried mushrooms in a bowl or large measuring cup and cover with about 1 cup of hot water. Let the mushrooms sit and soften for about 15 minutes.
  • Heat the oil in a stockpot over medium-high heat, and add the Baby Bella mushrooms, carrots, celery, onions, and garlic. Saute the vegetables for about 10 minutes, or until they start to wilt and turn lightly golden. Reduce the heat to medium-low.
  • When the dried mushrooms are softened, remove them from the liquid, reserving the mushroom liquid, and put the mushrooms in a colander. Rinse the mushrooms well to remove any sand or grit.
  • Mince the softened dried mushrooms and add them to the vegetables in the stockpot. 
  • Drain the mushroom stock through a coffee filter or cheesecloth and add it to the stockpot. Add the additional chicken, vegetable, or mushroom stock as well.
  • Turn the heat to high, and bring the soup to a boil. 
  • Add the barley, and let the soup return to a boil. Add the dried thyme, and salt to taste.  Reduce the heat to low, cover the soup, and let it simmer for about an hour, or until the barley is tender.
  • Add the minced sage just before serving. Taste and adjust any seasonings.


Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 525mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3879IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg