Mushroom Barley Soup

More than a soup, this is a meal in itself—flavorful, filling, and nutrient-dense.

Mushrooms contain many disease fighting compounds.  Mushrooms and greens (spinach, kale, etc) together makes a powerful immune booster combination

Mushrooms contain many unusual disease-fighting compounds that are just beginning to be understood. These immune-supporting ingredients empower the body to react quickly and powerfully when we are exposed to disease-causing pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. Mushroom phytochemicals may even be helpful for autoimmune-diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus because of their anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating effects.

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Mushrooms contain many unusual disease-fighting compounds…

The aroma of mushrooms and onions, the comfort of a pot simmering with healthy goodness on the stove, cupping my cold hands around a hot bowl and savoring the hearty soup with its chewy barley and harmony of vegetables…this is one of my favorite winter meals.


  • Leeks instead of onions
  • Add 1 cup white beans, cooked or canned
  • Add 2 cups spinach or chopped kale
  • Add 1/4 cup fresh chopped herbs before serving (basil, dill, cilantro are some of my favorites
  • Add 8 oz jar of sun-dried tomatoes, chopped

Serve it with a nutrient-dense leafy green salad like Kale, Apple and Cranberry Salad with Pumpkin Seeds

Mushroom Barley Soup with White Beans
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8 servings
8 servings
Mushroom Barley Soup with White Beans
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8 servings
8 servings
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  1. Heat olive oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and onions; cook, stirring occasionally until onions are translucent
  2. Add carrots, celery, onion and barley. Sauté, stirring, about 10 minutes until vegetables soften.
  3. Stir in garlic and cumin. Gradually pour in broth. in broth. Bring soup to boil, stir.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer about 30 minutes until barley is tender.
  5. Add white beans, mixing and cook another 10 minutes or until barley is tender.
  6. Add spinach, mix in and cook just until barely wilted. Serve.
Recipe Notes

A CMF original recipe

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