Sunday, July 16, 2023

Quick Mushroom Barley Soup

A hearty, flavorsome meal ready in less than 30 minutes from mushrooms plus pantry ingredients.

8 oz large white mushrooms

3 c water


1-1/2 t salt

1 t sugar

1 t lemon juice

1/2 t ground cumin

1/2 t ground coriander

1/4 t granulated garlic

2 T tomato paste

pinch red pepper flakes

2 t olive oil

1/3 c quick-cooking pearl barley

1-1/2 T tapioca or corn starch suspended in water

Wash the mushrooms in lightly-salted tap water. Quarter them, put in two-quart saucepan, add the water and salt, and bring to a gentle boil for five minutes. Remove the mushrooms to a bowl using a slotted spoon or spider. Bring mushroom stock to a boil, add the seasonings, oil, and the barley. Simmer until the barley is tender, about 15 minutes, add back the mushrooms, the starch and simmer five minutes more. Adjust seasoning as needed. Serves four.