Barley, Lentil and Mushroom Soup


This is a hearty soup made with whole grains and mushrooms simmered in a beef broth. It goes great with a crusty bread and salad.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
8 servings


  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 stalk celery, chopped

  • 2 carrots, chopped

  • ¾ cup pearl barley

  • ¾ cup dry brown lentils

  • cup dried porcini mushrooms, rinsed

  • 2 quarts low-sodium beef broth

  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 4 cups sliced button mushrooms

  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry (Optional)


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion; cook and stir until onions are limp, but not brown, about 5 minutes. Mix in the celery and carrot; cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in the barley and lentils so they are coated with oil, continue to cook and stir until lightly toasted.

  2. Pour in the beef broth and season with thyme, parsley, pepper and the bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Add the porcini mushrooms, cover and simmer for 25 minutes over low heat. Add the button mushroom, cover and continue cooking for another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mix in sherry during the last 5 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

265 Calories
9g Fat
33g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 265
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Sodium 107mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 10g 37%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 637mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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