I'm Crazee for Barley Mushroom Veggie Soup

Total Time
2hrs 50mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins

This is a healthy, whole grain, full of high fiber vegetable soup that is so delicious to boot! So pull up a chair and go crazee with me--over the soup of course! Great served with a nice crusty bread and a salad. Can be made in the Crock-Pot.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small bowl, cover dried porcini mushrooms with hot water. Let sit about 10 minutes, till mushrooms are soft. Drain, reserving soaking water. Chop mushrooms. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, add olive oil(or margarine) and saute garlic and leeks over medium high heat about 4 minutes.
  3. Add parsnips and celery and saute 3 more minutes. Place leek/parsnip mixture into crockpot.
  4. Add the portobella(or button) mushrooms to skillet and saute about 4-5 minutes. Add to crockpot.
  5. Add 6 cups of the broth, lentils, barley, tomato paste, thyme, curry powder, bay leaf, and parsley to crockpot.
  6. Add sliced porcini mushrooms, along with soaking water to crock-pot.
  7. Cook on high 2-4 hours, until vegetables are nice and tender, and lentils and barley are cooked.
  8. Blend in the 1 cup remaining broth, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Remove bay leaf .
  9. Ladle soup into bowls. Garnish with parsley and serve. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

5 5

This is a really satisfying soup. I made it exactly as posted (except for cutting it in half) and enjoyed the mix of flavors very much. I used a carrot, and loved the bit of color that it added. Thanks for sharing a delicious soup recipe!

5 5

I really enjoyed this hearty soup. I did make a few changes to accomodate what I had on hand. I used 1 onion, chopped for the leek, carrots for parsnips and I didn't have dried porcini mushrooms at all. I prefer barley to lentils so used 1 cup barley and 1/2 cup lentils. The soup smelled wonderful and was ready in about 3 hours. My children didn't love it (they said it was spicy, which I didn't think it was at all) but the hubby and I liked it a lot. I'll make this one again!

4 5

A very easy soup to make. I added a couple of potatoes to make it even heartier. I used a combo of parsnips and carrots and forgot to add the parsley,lime, and Worcestershire sauce. Thanks for the recipe.