Walkers' wild mushroom, bacon & barley broth

Walkers' wild mushroom, bacon & barley broth

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 15 mins

Easy

Serves 6
This is the perfect welcome-home warmer after a cold country walk, simply add some crusty bread

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition:

  • kcal290
  • fat9g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs35g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre5g
  • protein18g
  • salt1.75g
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Ingredients

  • 200g pack bacon lardons or rashers
    Bacon

    Bacon

    bay-kon

    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • 2 onions
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 4 medium carrots
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 3 celery sticks
    Celery

    Celery

    sell-er-ee

    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 2 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 sprig rosemary and thyme
    Rosemary

    Rosemary

    rose-mar-ee

    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 30g pack dried porcini or dried mixed wild mushrooms
  • 1 glass white wine
  • 1½ l chicken stock
  • 175g pearl barley, well rinsed
  • 1 small head spring greens or chunk of Savoy cabbage
    Spring greens

    Spring greens

    sp-ring gr-eens

    Spring greens are the first cabbages of the year. They have fresh, loose heads without the hard…

  • Parmesan or any strong hard cheese, grated, to serve
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

Method

  1. Put a large saucepan over a medium heat. Sizzle the lardons or bacon for 10 mins until golden, stirring now and then. While they cook, chop the onions, carrots and celery into smallish pieces. When the bacon is ready, stir in the veg, garlic and herbs, cover and gently cook for 10 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, put the mushrooms into a jug, then fill up to the 600ml mark with boiling water. Leave to soak for 10 mins.

  3. Lift the mushrooms out of their juice with a slotted spoon and roughly chop. Turn up the heat under the pan, add the mushrooms, fry for 1 min, then pour in the wine. Let it evaporate right down, then pour the liquid from the mushroom jug into the pan, avoiding the last drops, as they can be gritty. Add the stock and barley. Simmer for 40 mins until the barley is tender. Lift out the thyme and rosemary stalks. Can be made up to 2 days ahead or frozen for up to 1 month. If you make ahead, the soup will need loosening with a little more stock as the barley will thicken it over time.

  4. When ready to serve, finely shred the greens and simmer in the soup for 5 mins until tender. Season to taste, then serve with cheese for sprinkling over the top, crusty bread and buttter.

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Comments (12)

kitiaraa's picture
5

I used parma ham instead of bacon with great success and added a little more white wine to the soup. It came out delicious!

mrsjroberts's picture
5

Beautiful! I added double mushrooms, left out the greens and topped with a little crispy bacon.
Well worth the effort especially if you double and freeze a couple of batches.
Will absolutely be making again!

tomwarren's picture
5

so this is absolutely delicious - didn't have any chicken stock so used beef stock instead ...

mssupa's picture
5

This is such a good soup! So thick and delish! It makes barley interesting. And is a perfect warmer in the cold months.

mssupa's picture
5

This is such a good soup! So thick and delish! It makes barley interesting. And is a perfect warmer in the cold months.

kurkovpenguin's picture
2

Followed the recipe, but felt that it needed more stock. Another recipe that involved a lot of ingredients but not a fantastic flavor. Would not make again.

nhogarth's picture
4

Really hearty and tasty soup. Looking forward to my lunches this week! The only problem I had was that I used fresh mushrooms and they discoloured the liquid but it tastes great.

walshbarbaram's picture
5

Didn't add the wine or cheese and used low fat bacon but I really liked this recipe.

tamaragilder's picture
5

Really nice, but needed a bit more stock. Will be making again, very good for a cold midweek supper.

vhazael's picture
3

I thought this soup was a great homely soup that would be nice as a dinner on a wet cold day in winter. I used some stock left over from a ham cooked at Christmas. Most soups I have cooked require very little chopping and just a whizz at the end so this felt a bit more like hard work. I would make this again but as I mentioned probably for a light dinner.

eva1000's picture
1

cooked as instructed, very dissapointed with the taste, me and my husband had a bowl each that we didnt enjoy and we binned the rest

PollyChelsea's picture
5

Real comfort food Mmmmmmm

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