MMMmonday - Polish Mushroom and Barley Soup and a LINKY

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This is another yummy soup recipe to round out my soup month here at Acting Balanced... we've gone from freezing to balmy here in SC, but a good soup doesn't go amiss any day...  This one is another gift from Chef Joe at

Polish Mushroom and Barley Soup (Krupnik Polski)
Serves 4 to 6.

4 - 6 cups (1-1.5 L) fresh or canned beef stock
1 cup (250 ml) sliced mushrooms, preferably crimini or shiitake
1 cup (250 ml) green beans (haricots), cut into 1" (2 cm) pieces
2 - 3 medium potatoes, diced
1 Tbs (15 ml) butter
1/2 cup (125 ml) barley, cooked according to package directions
2 Tbs (30 ml) chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Bring the stock to a boil in a large sauce pan over high heat. 

Add the mushrooms, green beans, and potatoes. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. 
Stir the butter into the cooked barley and add to the soup. 
Bring the soup to a boil and serve immediately, garnished with chopped parsley if desired.