We just love Mushroom Barley Soup this time of year. Preparing it in the Slow Cooker is the easiest way to make it!
Just measure your ingredients and line the bottom of the pot with them. Then add the barley and broth and let it sit.
Oh, and just to caution a close friend of mine. READ the ingredients carefully. A box containing 30 oz of barley is a bit more than 1 cup. Make sure you check carefully and remove all the excess. (Whew).
I used fresh veggies that just needed to be sliced. White mushrooms were on sale so I switched those out. I also used pink Himalayan Salt instead of kosher.
I usually cheat with my garlic and use minced from a jar. But this time I didn’t have any. So I went outside my comfort zone and used cloves of the garlic my daughter-in-law keeps in her spice stash.
I confess, I had to look up to see just how much a clove was. I always struggle to get the skin off. And this time I even had to mince it using a chef knife. What a sight is must have been. Almost beaten by a clove of garlic!
The soup was well received. I will definitely prepare it again. I will also not be tired when I start the crock pot. My husband saved the day.
Slow Cooker Mushroom Barley Soup
- 1 cup Chopped carrots
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 cup Chopped onions
- 3 cups sliced crimini or white mushrooms
- 4 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tsp Dried thyme
- 1 tbs kosher salt
- 1 tbs pepper
- 1 cup uncooked barley
- 8 Cups vegetable broth
- 4 tbs butter
- Arrange carrots, celery and onion in bottom of slow cooker. Top with mushrooms then garlic, thyme, kosher salt and pepper.
- Top with barley and add broth. Do not stir. The thick veggies take longer to cook through. They will not burn.
- Cook 6 hours on low.
- Stir in butter and let cook additional 15 minutes until butter is melted and blended in.
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