Beef Barley Soup Recipe

Beef Barley Soup Recipe
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Beef Barley Soup

Will Budiaman

Beef Barley Soup

This is a magical little soup. Why, you ask? Because this soup turns into a stew overnight in the refrigerator. The barley in this soup is so absorbent that it will soak up enough liquid to make this beef soup as thick as stew the next day, which works out to be two meals in one!

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8
Servings
155
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1  Pound  lean beef stew meat
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1  Tablespoon  vegetable oil
  • 2  Teaspoons  extra-virgin olive oil
  • large onion, chopped
  • carrots, chopped
  • celery stalks, chopped
  • cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2  Tablespoons  fresh thyme leaves
  • gallon water
  • 1  Cup  pearled barley

Directions

Allow the meat to sit out at room temperature for approximately 15 minutes. Season all over with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Heat the vegetable oil in an 8-quart stockpot over high heat. When almost shimmering, add the meat and cook until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes total. Remove the meat to a bowl and reduce heat to medium.

Add the olive oil, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and thyme. Cook until softened, about 7 to 8 minutes. Stir with a wooden spoon and scrape up the brown bits at the bottom. Add the beef back to the pot and cover with the water. Increase heat to high and bring to a simmer, about 10 minutes.

Once it reaches a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 1 ½ hours. Add the barley and cook until done, about 25 to 30 more minutes. Remove from heat and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
6g
9%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Cholesterol
50mg
17%
Carbohydrate, by difference
8g
6%
Protein
17g
37%
Vitamin A, RAE
26µg
4%
Vitamin B-12
2µg
83%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
6mg
8%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
4µg
4%
Calcium, Ca
22mg
2%
Choline, total
58mg
14%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
10µg
3%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
28mg
9%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
169mg
24%
Selenium, Se
14µg
25%
Sodium, Na
62mg
4%
Water
57g
2%
Zinc, Zn
4mg
50%

Beef Barley Soup Shopping Tip

Buy fresh herbs and spices to season your soup; fresh garlic, parsley, and thyme will enhance the flavor without being overpowering.

Beef Barley Soup Cooking Tip

Most soups are better the day after their made. If possible refrigerate your soup overnight before serving.