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Hearty Mushroom-Barley Soup

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup barley
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 medium-size celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 13 3/4- to 14 1/2-ounce cans beef broth
  • 5 medium-size carrots, each cut lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • fresh sage or other herb for garnish
  1. In 3-quart saucepan over high heat, heat barley and 4 cups water to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 30 minutes. Drain barley; set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in 5-quart Dutch oven or saucepot over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add celery and onion; cook 8 to 10 minutes until golden, stirring occasionally. Increase heat to high; add mushrooms and cook 10 to 12 minutes until liquid evaporates and mushrooms are lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-high; add tomato paste and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add beef broth, carrots, sherry, salt, barley, and 4 cups water; heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes until carrots and barley are tender. Garnish with fresh sage if you like.

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