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My wife is from Russia and she raved how it tasted exactly like homemade Russian soup. It was gone in a day. We will be adding this to our regular meal rotation. Thanks again.

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mkevin December 28, 2010

Found this recipe and made it right away. Scrumptious! As others have said, it's hearty with great flavor and very satisfying. I did not use the dried mushrooms as I didn't have any on-hand. It was just fine without them though I'm sure they would add some additional rich flavor. Definitely a keeper!

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JMS Traveler February 10, 2010

getting cold here in sydney.... yum

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Dropbear April 27, 2008

great flavor, my husband loved it, and even my fickle toddler ate it. It's a keeper!

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aspiringteacher November 29, 2007

I had a similiar mushroom soup many years ago when I lived in another state and have been trying to find a recipe for a mushroom soup that wasn't cream based. Thanks so much for posting this! I love this soup!

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bohemiangurlmd November 17, 2007

I used veggie boullion in place of the consomme and about half the butter called for(trying to reduce our fat intake). This turned out more like a casserole than a soup, but that may be because I used pearl barley instead of instant. Nonetheless, this dish has incredible flavour and is very filling. I tried it without the sour cream and loved it so I skipped adding it. Thanks for a great vegetarian recipe.

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Cilantro in Canada February 11, 2007

I've made this several times and never rated it. Should have after the first time. This is a great soup, especially during the winter when you need something hearty. I usually don't use the dried mushrooms, but otherwise leave the recipe as is. Its in my recipe book with spatters and stains all over the page. A friend of mine says that's how you tell a good recipe.

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Jim Hartsell February 08, 2007

great soup I substituted french onion soup mix for the consomme worked out very well. everyone thought it was very meaty.

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Mike Whyte January 22, 2005

I made this for my friends and I substitued brown rice for the barley and they loved it.

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little bread Meredith August 21, 2004

Yep, Russian that is, know it first hand ;) Great recipe, just what I have. I actually prefer fresh mushrooms over dried. We used to add Sunflower oil but for the lack of it sour cream works just fine.

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iwyc August 08, 2003
Russian Mushroom and Barley Soup