Double-mushroom barley soup

Yield: 6 Servings

Measure Ingredient
2 teaspoons Safflower oil
2 cups Onions; coarsely chopped
1 \N Garlic clove; finely chopped
6 cups Vegetable broth; or more as needed
½ cup Pearl barley
½ pounds Fresh mushrooms; sliced or quartered
½ ounce Dried mushrooms; see note
2 larges Carrots; half-moon slices
2 larges Celery stalks; diced
2 larges Bay leaves
1½ tablespoon Dillweed
\N \N Salt and pepper; see Nutrition

1. In 6-quart pressure cooker, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and cook 1 minute. Add vegetable broth or heartier vegetable stock, barley, fresh and dried mushrooms, carrots, celery, bay leaves, dillweed, salt, and pepper.

2. Lock lid into place; heat to high pressure over high heat. Reduce heat to just enough to maintain high pressure and cook 18 minutes. Let pressure drop naturally (see "Releasing Pressure") or use quick-release method.

Remove lid, opening it away from you, to allow any remaining steam to escape.

3. Discard bay leaves from soup and add more dillweed, salt, and pepper to taste. Soup will thicken considerably on standing. Thin to desired consistency with additional vegetable stock.

Note: *½ ounce (generous ½ cup) sliced dried mushrooms, soaked if necessary. Some dried mushrooms must be soaked to remove sand and grit. In a small bowl, combine mushrooms and boiling water to cover by 1 inch. Cover and set aside until soft -- 15 to 30 minutes. Lift out soaked mushrooms, rinse carefully, and cut away any gritty sections. Strain the flavorful soaking liquid through cheesecloth or a coffee filter and use it in place of part of the vegetable broth called for in the recipe.

SUBSTITUTIONS: *safflower or canola oil *coarsely chopped onions or thinly sliced leeks (white and light-green parts) TIP: *Halve the carrots lengthwise and thinly slice crosswise.

NUTRITION: per serving using ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper -- protein: 4 grams; fat: 2 grams; carbohydrate: 24 grams; fiber: 6 grams; sodium: 380 milligrams; cholesterol: 0; calories: 122.

Double-Mushroom Barley Soup (serves 6): 1996 by The Hearst Corporation; all rights reserved "Country Living; The Pressure's On!" ~Requiring just under 20 minutes cooking time, this flavorful soup, which is made with both fresh and dried mushrooms, is well suited to an impromptu supper with friends.

Just serve with whole-grain bread and a mixed-greens salad. (Adapted from Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure by Lorna J. Sass.) Recipe by: Lorna Sass (199x) Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure Posted to Digest eat-lf.v097.n329 by KitPATh <phannema@...> on Dec 28, 1997

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