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Chef Annie Mahle's cooking up soup to warm you up

Simple ingredients add up to comfort food in a bowl.

PORTLAND, Maine — Chef Annie Mahle was the chef and co-captain (alongside her husband) aboard the Schooner 'J. & E. Riggin'. You can learn more about the captains, the crew, and life aboard the Schooner Riggin here.  She is also the author of two cookbooks. Annie is spending plenty of time at home in her own kitchen, just like the rest of us - and has shared some videos and recipes for dishes to try at home here. Today -- she shows us a simple, delicious soup to try at home. 

Mushroom Barley Soup 

Serves 6 to 8

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups diced onion (about 1 large onion)
2 teaspoons minced garlic  (about 2 cloves)
1 pound assorted local and button mushrooms, sliced - about 6 cups
1/2 cup pearled barley
6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1/3 cup tamari or soy sauce
1/3 cup dry sherry

Melt the butter in a medium stockpot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 7 to 10 minutes or until the onion is translucent. Add the mushrooms and sauté until tender. Add the remaining ingredients and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the barley is completely cooked. Enjoy!

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