Mushroom, Barley, and Lentil Soup

This is a great soup for the cold winter months. Pair with some sourdough bread to dip…mmm!

Mushroom, Barley, and Lentil Soup
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  1. 1/4 cup olive oil
  2. 1 medium onion, chopped
  3. 1 stalk celery, chopped
  4. 2 carrots, chopped
  5. 3/4 cup pearl barley
  6. 3/4 cup dry brown lentils
  7. 1/3 cup dried porcini mushrooms, rinsed
  8. 2 quarts low-sodium beef broth
  9. 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  10. 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  11. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  12. 1 bay leaf
  13. 4 cups sliced button mushrooms
  14. 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.
  1. I adjust the carrots and celery amounts to my liking. I also use red wine instead of sherry, only because we usually have it on hand. As far as the mushrooms go, I use the dried porcini.. these are key to this soup! They give the soup it's flavor.. don't substitute. However, I do not use button mushrooms. I use either shitake or white mushrooms and I add baby bella mushrooms. So mine ends up with 3 kinds of mushrooms instead of 2.
  2. *You can substitute the beef broth for vegetable broth to make it vegan
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