Saturday, October 25, 2014

Mushroom "Barley" Soup ( Gluten Free Version)

I know it seems strange to make a mushroom barley soup without the barley. But being gluten free, I can not eat barley ( It is not gluten free) .  This recipe is my best gluten free version of a soup that reminds me the most of Mushroom Barley Soup.

When I was young, my mother used to make a thick heavy soup in the winter that was authentically called mushroom barley soup. The recipe originated in Eastern Europe where mushrooms could be dried and stored for the  long very cold winter and barley was always plentiful. The soup was hearty and delicious.

Over the years,  I've longed for the soup that I remembered from my youth. I've tried to make a gluten free version . It's not exactly the same, but it is similar and exceptionally delicious.

I'm still using mushrooms, but replaced the starchy  barley with a starchy dried bean. I used a baby lima bean. It works great and dried baby lima beans do not taste ANYTHING like a green lima bean.. trust me on that one. The soup is hearty and delicious ,  just like the soup my mother used to make.

If you prefer a Paleo version, just leave out the beans- it will still taste great! Just cut the cooking time to 45 minutes. 
OR if you are in a hurry and want a fast mushroom soup, you can make my delicious Mushroom Bisque 

This mushroom "barley" soup is perfect for the colder weather and is extremely satisfying. I think it would also be a nice hearty addition to a Thanksgiving meal.

When I have a group, ( as I often do because we are a very large family) ,I use my crock pot as a soup server  and keep my soup in the crock pot on warm until ready to serve. For a formal dinner I serve the soup and bring it to the table; for an informal buffet, I keep a ladle next to the crock pot and some mugs and allow everyone to serve themselves! It works great!

Author: Judee Algazi
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Requires: overnight soaking of beans
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1 and half cups of dried baby white lima beans, soaked overnight in a large bowl of water ( they will expand)
 ( baby limas are white and are available in a bag in the dried bean section of the supermarket- does not taste anything like the green lima beans- trust me on that one!)
1 cup of chopped onion
1/4 cup olive oil or coconut oil
1 cup of chopped celery with leaves
1 cup of diced carrot
2 cloves garlic, chopped
8 cups vegetable broth
6 cups water
1/4 cup chopped curly parsley
2 cups of sliced white or sliced baby portabella mushrooms

The night before: 
Soak the dried baby lima beans in a large bowl of water overnight

In the morning, drain the beans and do not use the soaked water.
In a large soup pot , slowly sauté the onions in the olive oil.
When onions begin to soften, add the celery, carrots, and garlic and continue to saute until all vegetables begin to soften.
Add the drained lima beans,  the 8 cups vegetable broth, and the 6 cups of water
Allow to cook for an hour covered on a medium heat. Check to stir occasionally.
After the hour, add the sliced mushrooms and parsley and continue to cook for another hour partially covered on a medium heat. **If the liquid starts to cook down, add a cup of vegetable broth and then a cup of water alternately.

dried baby lima beans soaking overnight in water 

Chopping veggies for the soup

I couldn't decide which photo to use - I made the one above on Picmonkey and the one in the beginning of the post on Canva! S0 - I've included them both! Which do you prefer ? Do you use Picmonkey or Canva?

What would you use instead of the barley? Is there a better substitute? Please leave a comment

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  1. Judee, I am excited about this recipe because I have found nothing like a good mushroom barley soup and have been looking for a recipe to sub for the barley. Thanks so much. I can give hubby a treat now.

    1. Well , for true mushroom barely lovers, it may not make the mark but it's close. Hope you enjoy it

  2. I love mushroom barley soup but I think I would love this one with beans equally as well. A perfect autumn soup. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week. ;-)

    1. Deb,
      I think you are right. It is a perfect soup for the fall and winter too,.

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    1. I guess we all start thinking soup for the fall . Although we've had a mild beautiful October

  4. This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing @ Love from the Kitchen!

  5. Yum! Although you might want to put "Barley" in quotes. I panicked for a moment when I saw Barley in the recipe title in the linky. ;-)


    1. Shirley,
      I like your idea about putting the word barely in quotes. thanks for the suggestion.

  6. Great alternative recipe for a gluten free diet that sounds delicious. Love all the healthy ingredients. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. PInned & twitted.

  7. I would have probably substituted quinoa but I love beans, so I think this is a great idea!

  8. What a wonderful, warming autumn soup, Judee! Thank you for sharing it with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

  9. I love anything with mushrooms. Even if the Lima bean flavor did come through in the soup, I'd like that too. limas are one of my favorite beans. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Delicious mushroom barely soup, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning.

  11. Hi Judee,
    Mushroom Barley Soup is one of my favorite comfort foods. I have been removing gluten foods from my diet lately so this GF recipe is such a pleasure to see. Thank you so much for sharing this Mushroom "Barley" Soup recipe at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I appreciate it!

  12. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays Party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) I can't wait to see what you share next time!

  13. Hi Judee,
    Your Mushroom Barley Soup would be so good on this cold rainy day. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. This looks like a good, frugal dinner. Hello from Real Food Wednesdays!


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