As the weather is already getting cooler here in Illinois it is finally time for soup!I love soup for many reasons: the aromas that fill the house, the way it warms your heart and your stomach, you get to use only one pot (less dishwashing later! yay!), you can make soup with pretty much anything you have in the house and they are pretty foolproof. You might make a soup that is a little bland, but it's hard to make an unedible one.
Fall also makes me crave earthy flavor and therefore it is a great moment to have mushrooms. I found this recipe and tried it yesterday and, believe me, you will be surprised by the amount of flavor contained in such a simple recipe. Don't skimp on the herbs and you will be rewarded.
2 pounds of sliced mushrooms ( I used 1 pound of Portabella and 1 pound of white mushrooms, but the more variety the better!)
3 cloves of garlic
3 large carrots sliced diagonally
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
1/2 cup of white wine
1 quart of chicken broth ( for a vegetarian version use vegetable broth)
1 cup of barley (not the instant one)
Rosemary (fresh or dry) about 3 sprigs.
Thyme (fresh or dry) about 5 sprigs.
Parsley (fresh) about 1 tablespoon.
Salt and Pepper
In a large saucepan cook the onion and the garlic in some olive oil until the onion is translucent and the garlic is golden.
Add the sliced mushrooms and the soy sauce and cook until the natural liquid of the mushrooms have been released.
Add the white wine and cook until evaporated.
Add the carrots, the barley, the rosemary, the thyme and the broth and cook covered for about 1 hour.
Add salt and pepper. Add the parsley just before serving.