Barley soup with miso


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• Makes 12 servings

This is a delicious variation on the traditional mushroom-barley soup that most of us know (and love) from childhood. The addition of miso adds a delicate Asian flavor; the bright green dill, a nice jolt of color.

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  • 2 medium onions
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 4 celery stalks, peeled
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled
  • 1 pound (450 g) white mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) medium pearl barley
  • 8 cups (2 liters) vegetable broth
  • 1 bunch fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons barley miso paste (see note)
  • Kosher salt 
  • Freshly ground black pepper

It is easy to chop the vegetables in a food processor. Quarter the onions and garlic, and pulse in the food processor until coarse; remove to a bowl. Cut the celery and carrots into large pieces. Pulse them separately until coarse, and add to the onions and garlic. Wipe the mushrooms with a damp paper towel and cut them in quarters. Pulse until coarse, and set aside. (If you chop everything together, the vegetables will become mushy.)

Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Sauté the onions, garlic, celery, and carrots for
1 minute. Add the barley and broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat
and cook, covered, for 15 minutes.

Add the mushrooms to the soup along with half of the dill. Cook for another 15 minutes, or until the barley is tender. Remove and discard the dill. Stir in the miso and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Snip the remaining dill for garnish.

Note: You can buy barley miso in most heath-food stores.

Excerpt from NEW KOSHER CUISINE © 2012 by HELEN NASH. Published by The Overlook Press, Peter Mayer Publishers Inc., New York, NY. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. 

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