Russian Mushroom and Barley Soup

A great recipe for simple, one-pot, hearty and flavorful mushroom soup with barley and potatoes.
Russian Mushroom and Barley Soup


  • 8 ounces mushrooms (thinly sliced, I used Portobello Mushrooms)
  • 1/4 cup barley (rinsed)
  • 1 carrot (large, grated)
  • 1 onion (medium, chopped)
  • 3 potatoes (peeled and chopped)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • salt
  • sour cream
  • pepper
  • parsley (for serving, optional)
  • scallions (chopped, for serving, optional)
Prep time:
15 minutes
Cook time:
45 minutes
Total time:
1 hour
Yield: 6 Servings | Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 45 minutes | Total time: 1 hour


1. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add grated carrot and chopped onion, saute 2 minutes.
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2. Add mushrooms and saute 5 minutes.
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3. Add barley and cook for another 2 minutes.
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4. Next, add water and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
5. Add chopped potatoes and continue cooking for another 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
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6. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.
7. Garnish with parsley before serving (optional). Serve with sour cream.

Products I recommend for this recipe


Chicken Broth

Chicken Broth

Russet Potatoes

Russet Potatoes
Portobello Mushrooms

Portobello Mushrooms


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Guest February 24, 2021 4:38 PM
My son picked it as a surprise meal for me and it was plain wonderful. Fab recipe ❤️


Guest December 15, 2020 5:17 PM
my son made it for me practicing cooking, i absolutely loved it.

Guest March 25, 2020 11:43 AM
looks yummy! will have to try

Thank you!

alenatrs March 27, 2015 10:11 AM
Thank you, Sofya, for the review! This mushroom and barley soup also reminds me of my childhood. My mom used to make this with dried wild mushrooms. With portobello or even cremini it also turns out so flavorful and so good!!

Easy and delicious!

Sofya March 10, 2015 12:20 AM
So happy I found this recipe - thank you for posting it! Tastes just like the mushroom soup from my childhood in Belarus (actually even better!) and incredibly easy to make!

Looks Yummy

crazyzoarhaina July 29, 2014 1:01 AM
No doubt that Mushrooms Recipe have so much taste and When I ate Texas recipes then It was also tasty for me and there is website *** which also gives me all idea's . Now, I am going to try to make this Recipe and Hope My brothers and Sister will like it.

Thanks for your comment!

alenatrs March 18, 2014 6:24 PM
I'm happy that your family liked this soup, I also remember eating it often in my childhood. Thanks for visiting website!

Очень вкусный суп,вкус

natalia March 16, 2014 11:49 AM
Очень вкусный суп,вкус детства и мужу очень понравился и даже моему малышу. Спасибо за вкусные и доступные рецепты.


milena July 30, 2013 9:06 AM
Loved it. I have been looking for a mushroom soup for a long time. This is a perfect Russian mushroom soup! Easy and quick to make. I just don’t think you can mess this recipe up, perfect amounts! Thanks so much for the recipe!

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