Hearty mushroom soup

Hearty mushroom soup

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 30 mins

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Serves 4 - 6

A satisfying and low-fat vegetarian soup that's a good source of folic acid

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Can be frozen
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
245
protein
8g
carbs
35g
fat
7g
saturates
1g
fibre
3g
sugar
10g
salt
1.13g

Ingredients

  • 25g pack porcini mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped rosemary, or 1 tsp dried
  • 500g fresh mushrooms, such as chestnut, finely chopped
  • 1.2l vegetable stock (from a cube is fine)
  • 5 tbsp marsala or dry sherry
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 100g pearl barley
  • grated fresh parmesan, to serve (optional)

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Method

  1. Put the porcini in a bowl with 250ml boiling water and leave to soak for 25 mins. Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion, carrot, garlic, rosemary and seasoning. Fry for 5 mins on a medium heat until softened. Drain the porcini, saving the liquid, and finely chop. Tip into the pan with the fresh mushrooms. Fry for another 5 mins, then add the stock, marsala or sherry, tomato purée, barley and strained porcini liquid.
  2. Cook for 30 mins or until barley is soft, adding more liquid if it becomes too thick. Serve in bowls with parmesan sprinkled over, if desired.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2006

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nickishinkins's picture

Fab recipe a nice thick soup lovely flavour and easy to do, this made enough for my husband and I for four meals. Just about to make it again.

pansypalace's picture
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15 January 2009
Jenny xxxxx

After all the Christmas stodge this soup was a delight to make and to eat. So simple and very tasty. Didn't have any pearl barley in the store cupboard so I used red lentil instead, but the result I am sure was just as good, and so good for the waistline!! I will certainly make it again.

firebug's picture

Rich, tasty, mouthwatering - tastes as good as the picture looks. If you love mushrooms you MUST try this soup!

eleanormayo's picture
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A great soup, l don't like creamy soups do lovely to find a mushroom soup that is thick & virtually fat free. I also partially blended the soup to make it thicker using my hand blender.

allison06's picture
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A thoroughly tasty winter warming soup! I followed instructions as above to cook for extra 15 mins to allow extra time for the pearl barley to soften i also put half of the soup into a blender to help thicken it up a bit and then added back in to the rest of the soup result = extra tasty!!

soupmaker's picture

Highly recommended. I made this with my daughter who can be a bit picky over food. She ate more than her fair share, so now we'll have to make some more!

tuckerc79's picture
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Really good, hearty and healthy soup - recommended!

iain-moone's picture

I rarely make soup when I actually want to eat it, preferring to make it in advance, then store or freeze it. After reading the comments regarding time required to soften the barley I followed the method exactly for step one, then for step 2 transferred everything over into my slow cooker to gently heat for the rest of the day whilst I did other things.

The net result was a rich, filling and hearty soup, and a beautiful aroma throughout my house all day long.

samanthatimbrell's picture
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Really enjoyed this soup, quite filling and lovely flavour. As other people have mentioned, the pearl barley needed much longer to cook (another 15 minutes), but I would make this again.

tw1nkle's picture
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Nice hearty soup that everyone enjoyed, however felt it needed to be cooked slightly longer as the barley needed to be softer also there wasn't enough liquid. Will definately make it again though.

melaniespiteri's picture
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this mushroom soup is sooooo lovely...I especially like making it now after the festive season as its a nice alternative to all the heavy food we've eaten! Its also warming and filling...and guess what..HEALTHY too :-) What else would you want from a yummy soup!

adandrea's picture

I've made this a couple of times now for guests and everyone raves about it. Very filling, sooo tasty and the fact it's healthy is wonderful.

musling's picture
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One of the best mushroom soups ever. A really delicious vegetarian alternative even for "meatlovers"...

wendykr's picture
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This is really nice and substantial, but healthy which is a bonus. Wasn't salty enough for me so added a bit of soy sauce.

e_leachums's picture
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We really enjoyed this when we made it, lovely and filling! And now I keep going back to the recipe - although partly because it's yummy, and partly because I have so much pearl barley left from the bag I bought.

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