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Wild Mushroom and Barley Soup

(recipe, Carrie Stewart)


  1. ½ oz. dried mushrooms (I used shiitake – about 5)
  2. ½ cup sherry
  3. 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  4. ½ cup chopped shallots
  5. 2 cloves of garlic
  6. 8 oz. fresh cremini mushrooms
  7. 1 tsp. minced fresh thyme, or ½ tsp dried
  8. 3 cups vegetable broth
  9. ¾ cup pearl barley
  10. 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  11. 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice


  1. 1. Rinse dried mushrooms well to remove any dirt. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in the microwave or a kettle, and soak mushrooms in the water for at least 15 minutes, Drain mushrooms, reserving the liquid and finely chop.
  2. 2. Heat oil in a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add shallots and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until shallots are wilted, 3-5 minutes. Add cremini mushrooms, thyme, ¼ tsp salt and ¼ tsp of pepper. Cook until the creminis release their juices and begin to brown, 4-5 minutes. Add sherry to deglaze the pan and boil, scraping up any browned bits from pan bottom, for 1 minute.
  3. 3. Add broth, barley, tomato paste, 3 cups water and chopped dried mushrooms to the pot. Cover and simmer until barley is tender, 45-50 minutes.
  4. 4. In a blender or food processor, puree about 1 cup of soup until smooth. Return soup to pot, heat until just hot and stir in lemon juice. Season soup to taste with additional salt and pepper.