Friday, November 13, 2009

Barley-Mushroom Soup

The earthy smell of this soup is incredibly welcome on a drizzly cold night!

Heat a teaspoon and a half of olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1 and 1/2 cups chopped onion, 1 cup thinly sliced carrot and 1 (8-ounce) package or pre-sliced mushrooms; saute 7 minutes.

Stir in 1/2 cup uncooked pearl barley, and saute for 2 minutes - toasting the barley like this before adding any liquid results in a wonderfully nutty flavor.

Stir in 4 and 3/4 cups vegetable broth, 1/3 cup finely chopped celery, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.

Stir in 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme and cook an additional 5 minutes (use 1/4 tsp. dried thyme if you prefer). Ladle 1 and 1/2 cups of soup into each of 4 bowls for a filling, entree-sized portion - delicious with some crusty bread to round out the meal! Each bowl of soup is 220 calories.

onion $0.73
presliced mushrooms $2.49
vegetable broth $6.38
celery $2.50

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The Vegan Pantry

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  • Vegan milk - Silk
  • Vegan Feta - Sunergia
  • Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods
  • Vegan Eggs - Ener-G
  • Vegan Butter - Earth Balance