Recipe: Vegetable Barley Soup


1 Tbsp. oil
1/2 medium onion, diced
1/2 a bell pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 mushrooms, sliced
1 cup celery, sliced
2 carrots, diced
1/2 cup pearled barley
4 cups broth
1 tsp. soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste


In a large pot, sauté onion and peppers in oil 2-3 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add carrots and barley. Cover with broth, add 1 Tbsp. soy sauce and bring to a boil. Cook gently until barley is tender, about an hour. Taste and correct salt, add pepper and serve.