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creamy-mushroom-soup recipe

Date:    Mon, 10 May 93 18:16:40 PDT
 From:    KAREN@CANTH.HACKS.ARIZONA.EDU (Karen Sergeant)
 I dearly love soups, especially creamy, thick soups which, of course, are
 loaded with fat and calories.  But here's a soup recipe I just love with a nice
 velvet consistency but without dairy and any added fat.
 "Creamy" Mushroom Soup
 2 cups chopped onions (2 medium ones)
 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
 1/4 cup uncooked pearl barley
 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
 1 1/2 pounds white mushrooms, wiped clean, stems trimmed (wipe them with
 	a damp towel, don't wash them under water, they will retain too
 	much liquid and lose water)
 8 cups vegetable broth
 1/4 cup sherry  (I don't know if this is a no-no for the McD diet...)
 1/2 cup chopped parsley
 salt and pepper to taste
 Saute onions and garlic in a large heavy pot in water or sherry.  Add
 barley and nutmeg and cook for 1 minute, stirring.  Add chopped mushrooms,
 broth and sherry.  Bring to a boil, reduce head and simmer for 40 minutes.
 Add parsely and cool soup slightly.  Puree soup in batches in a food 
 processor or blender until very smooth.  Return to the pot and season
 with salt and pepper.  Reheat and serve garnished with more sliced
 kwvegan vegan