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Russian wild mushroom & barley soup served in two bowls

Healthy mushroom soup

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  • Preparation and cooking time
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  • Easy
  • Serves 4-6

Make this hearty mushroom soup with pearl barley for a filling and healthy lunch or supper. Serve with a dollop of soured cream and crusty bread on the side

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
Nutrition: Per serving
HighlightNutrientUnit
low inkcal217
low infat7g
saturates2g
carbs31g
sugars1g
fibre1g
protein8g
salt0.8g
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Ingredients

  • 30g dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • 20g unsalted butter
  • 250g mushrooms , roughly chopped
  • 1 medium carrot , peeled and finely diced
  • 1 celery stick , finely diced
  • 200g pearl barley
  • 800ml chicken, beef or veal stock
  • small bunch of dill , leaves chopped
  • soured cream and crusty bread, to serve

Method

  • STEP 1

    Cover the porcini mushrooms with 750ml boiling water and leave to soak.

  • STEP 2

    Heat the olive oil and butter in a large saucepan and add the chopped mushrooms, carrot and celery. Fry over a medium-high heat for around 10 mins or until the carrots are beginning to turn dark gold. Add the barley and stir the mixture for about 2 mins, then pour in the stock.

  • STEP 3

    Drain the porcini, retaining the soaking liquor, and cut up any large bits. Add these to the pan, along with the liquor. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for 30 mins (it might take a bit longer) until the barley is tender. Taste for seasoning. Stir in the dill. Serve with a dollop of soured cream on top of each bowlful and crusty bread on the side.

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2020

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