Black Kettle Mushroom Barley Soup

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

If your looking for something special and calories aren't an issue, I don't think you can do better than this soup as a meal starter.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Saute mushrooms, green peppers, onion and garlic in butter about 5 minutes.
  2. Add flour, stir and cook 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add hot stock, then seasonings.
  4. Heat whipping cream (do not boil) and add to soup. Continue cooking while adding wine.
  5. Stir in barley.
  6. Note: Serve with fresh sourdough bread.
Most Helpful

Amazing! As others have mentioned....there is a lot of butter in this. But I went ahead and used it (this was so delicious, I'm glad I did!), then used half-and-half instead of cream. I used a mix of baby portabellos, oyster, and shiitake mushrooms. The subtle nuances from the spices are wonderful....A definite make again recipe! Thanks for sharing! Made for PRMR Tag.

breezermom March 03, 2012

I just could not bring myself to use this amount of butter, much as I love butter - used 1/4 cup, reducing the flour to 1/4 cup also. This resulted in a more brothy soup than the original recipe (even though I used less total liquid), but we enjoyed it this way. I would have used evaporated milk instead of cream, but had none, so used one cup of half-and-half. I used duck stock instead of beef, and because it was made without salt, I did add a little bit of salt. I ended up adding the rest of the barley I had cooked (probably another cup) and used vermouth, my standard wine when a recipe calls for just a little. The herbal notes work very well with this recipe. Next time I would use more mushrooms, and might add some rehydrated dried mushrooms with their liquid, as I think dried mushrooms add a lot of flavor, even if you use a small amount.

duonyte January 23, 2011

Wow. I never knew I had the power to make creamy mushroom soup! This was easy and GOOD!. I omitted the bell pepper and added more mushrooms. I used mini bellas and porteenie mushrooms. I also took a tip from a previous reviewer and used half and half. Turned out absolutely wonderful. I will always make this soup! Thank you so much for posting!

Ms. DMAC March 03, 2008