Are you looking for a good recipe for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day?
This week between Christmas and New Year’s Day has been a relaxing one this year. I have had time off of work and a chance to take care of a myriad of things. Our cars all needed work, so we had to get each of them in. We had some church friends over for a dinner party. I tried out some new recipes–they were delicious and quite easy.
Today I will share the soup recipe. Don’t you just love soup in the cold weather?
Mushroom and Barley Soup (serves 8 easily. Leftovers taste great re-heated the next day)
1 pound cleaned, sliced mushrooms (I used 1/2 pound regular and 1/2 pound baby bellas)
4 diced carrots (more if you want more color)
3-4 stalks of diced celery
1 diced onion (regular sweet onion)
3-4 cloves minced garlic
3/4 cup of pearl barley (rinsed). I used a bit less barley; I wanted a thin looking soup (use a bit more if you want it to be thicker like a stew).
6 cups low sodium stock. I used 4 cups beef stock and 2 cups wild mushroom stock. You could also go with all vegetable stock or all chicken stock or some kind of combination. Each will give it a slightly different taste.
1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
Directions: Put it all in the crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours. (Obviously, you can do it on your stove top, too if you don’t have a crock pot). I did add a bit more stock as it cooked. I REALLY didn’t want it to be stew-like, as I was serving it as NOT a main course. So I probably ended up using about 7 cups of stock. But this is a very forgiving recipe, it doesn’t matter. I wanted to really bring out the flavor of those baby bella mushrooms, so I did saute them for about a minute or two in some olive oil before tossing them into the soup.
I would imagine you could add some beans or chicken or something and a bit more barley and make it a stew…But I had herb roasted chicken as a main course and soup to precede the chicken. When my family is busy with work and coming home at the last minute starved I may go with protein added and have it more stew like.
This was such a tasty soup that I am (in baseball parlance) going to put it in the regular pitching rotation.
Everyone at our little gathering loved the soup…