Meal-in-a-Bowl Mushroom Barley Soup

Meal-in-a-Bowl Mushroom Barley Soup 150 Author: Canadian Living Credits: Meal-in-a-Bowl Mushroom Barley Soup 150

Cremini mushrooms give this soup a deep rich colour and flavour. All that's missing is some freshly baked bread and you have a cosy family meal for a cold winter night. The vegetarian variation is also delicious.

  • Portion size 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb stewing beef cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 6 cups sliced cremini mushrooms 1 lb/500 g
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup pot barley
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf

Method

Season beef with salt, pepper and thyme. In large Dutch oven or soup pot, heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the oil over medium-high heat; brown beef, in 2 batches, about 5 minutes. Remove to plate. Drain off any fat in pan.

Add remaining oil to pan; cook onions, celery and carrots over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until tender and onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add mushrooms; cook, stirring often, until mushroom liquid begins to evaporate, about 5 minutes.

Stir in stock and 2 cups (500 mL) water, scraping up any brown bits in pan. Add barley, tomato paste and bay leaf. Return beef and any accumulated juices to pan; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer until beef and barley are tender, about 1 hour. Discard bay leaf.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Sodium 789 mg
  • Protein 19 g
  • Calories 224.0
  • Total fat 9 g
  • Cholesterol 28 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 17 g

%RDI

  • Iron 19.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 12.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 4.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 35.0
  • Vitamin C 5.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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