This Mushroom & Barley Soup recipe is a perfect warmer for any time of day.

This recipe serves 8.


  • 500 g mixed cultivated mushrooms, sliced (big browns, portabellos, portabellinis, buttons, baby buttons etc)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 celery stalks, finely sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 2 litres / 8 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 x 400g tin diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 4 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Olive oil, for cooking
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large Dutch oven or soup pot.
  2. Add the mushrooms and thyme, and cook until golden brown.
  3. Transfer the mushrooms to a rack-lined baking tray.
  4. Add a fresh drizzle of olive oil and the celery, garlic, onion and carrot.
  5. Cook until softened and very lightly caramelised.
  6. Sprinkle the flour all over the vegetables and cook for 2 minutes.
  7. Pour in the stock, tinned tomatoes, and Worcestershire sauce.
  8. Make sure to scrape any stuck bits of flour off the bottom of the pot.
  9. Add the barley and ¾ of the sautéed mushrooms.
  10. Bring to a simmer and cook until the barley is tender (about 40 minutes).
  11. Stir in the parsley and vinegar.
  12. Season well with salt and pepper.
  13. Divide between bowls and garnish with the remaining sautéed mushrooms and an extra sprinkle of chopped parsley.
  14. Serve with chunky toasted slices of ciabatta.

If you have leftovers: The barley will continue to absorb the liquid of the soup overnight. So, the next day, just add a little more stock before reheating.

Mushroom and barely soup recipe

Mushroom & Barley Soup Recipe Notes

This Mushroom & Barley Soup Recipe is courtesy of the South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association (SAMFA), a group of farmers who grow and love mushrooms.

They share their passion by promoting all varieties of mushrooms, creating unique recipes that showcase the many flavour profiles of mushrooms, and engaging in charity campaigns that make the world a better place.

Why mushrooms?

These powerful little foods are packed with nutrients and fibres, have very few calories, and are an excellent source of plant protein. If spiced right, they even make a great meat replacement!

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