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Serving size 4
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½ cup pearl barley4 ½ cup mushroom broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth divided1 oz dried porcini mushroom2 cup boiling water2 tsp butter1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil1 cup minced shallots (about 4 medium)8 cup sliced white mushrooms (about 20 ounces)2 stalks celery, finely chopped1 Tbsp minced fresh sage or 1 teaspoon dried½ tsp salt½ tsp freshly ground pepper2 Tbsp all-purpose flour1 cup dry-to-medium sherry½ cup reduced-fat sour cream¼ cup minced fresh chives


1. Combine barley and 1 1/2 cups broth in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat; cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until the barley is tender, 30 to 35 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, combine porcinis and boiling water in a medium bowl and let soak until the mushrooms are soft, about 20 minutes. Line a sieve with paper towels, set it over a bowl and pour mushrooms and soaking liquid through it. Reserve the soaking liquid. Transfer the mushrooms to a cutting board and finely chop.

3. Heat butter and oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add shallots and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add white mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until they have released their juices and started to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the porcinis, celery, sage, salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, until beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle flour over the vegetables and cook, stirring, until the flour is incorporated, about 1 minute. Add sherry and cook, scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon, until most of the sherry has evaporated, about 1 minute.

4. Add the soaking liquid and the remaining 3 cups broth, increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the celery is tender and the soup has thickened, 18 to 22 minutes.

5. Add the cooked barley and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in sour cream until incorporated. Garnish with chives.

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Nutrition Facts

Provided by: EatingWell

Per Single Serving / Serves 4 Total

  • Calories 288 9%
  • Calories from fat 90 25%
  • Total Fat 10gm 7%
  • Saturated Fat 5gm 3%
  • Monounsaturated Fat 4gm 21%
  • Sodium 498mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 28gm 15%
  • Fiber 3gm
  • Protein 12gm
  • Cholesterol 22mg

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Tags: Dinner, Soup, Low Calorie, Low Carb, Vegetarian, Mushroom, American, Fall, Winter

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