a robust flavorful soup for any time (but of course fall is such a great time for soup).
1/2 cup barley
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3-4 carrots, chopped
3 celery ribs, chopped
8 oz mushrooms (white or baby bella), sliced
1/2 cup frozen peas
4 cups beef, chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 tsp thyme leaves, crushed
1 by leaf
salt and fresh ground black pepper
1. bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a small sauce pan. add the barley, lower heat, and cook until tender, about 30 minutes.
2. meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pot and sauté the garlic and onion for about 7 minutes minutes. add carrots, celery and mushrooms cooking for a few minutes between each addition.
3. add the broth, drained barley, peas, thyme, salt and pepper and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. take bay leaf out before serving. enjoy with your favorite bread!