You are here: Home » Recipes » Best Barley Soup Best Barley Soup Recipe by Relish Contributor Yield 11 servings Terrific twist to basic barley soup with bacon, naturally sweet yams, earthy mushrooms and carrots creating a comforting and superb dish. PrintEmail Ingredients 5 slices turkey bacon1/2 pound sliced mushrooms1 teaspoon minced garlic1 red onion, chopped1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves8 cups fat-free chicken broth1 bay leaf2 cups chopped carrots2 cups chopped Louisiana yams (sweet potatoes), peeled and cut into small cubes3/4 cup medium pearl barley Instructions Cook bacon until brown and crispy in a large nonstick pot. Remove and crumble when cooled. Coat the same large pot with nonstick spray and sauté mushrooms, garlic, and onion for 6-7 minutes. Toss in thyme, broth, bay leaf, carrots, sweet potatoes and barley. Bring to boil, reduce heat to a simmer for 25 minutes or until barley and vegetables are tender. Add seasoning and make sure to remove the bay leaf. Add broth if consistency appears too thick. Top with crumbled bacon and serve.