Hearty, Healthy Beef Barley Soup Recipe


Cal/Serving: 569
Daily Value: 28%
Servings: 6

Dairy-Free, Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Milk-Free, Peanut-Free, Tree-Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Fish-Free, Shellfish-Free
Vitamin A5786IU116%
Vitamin C9mg15%
Thiamin (B1)1mg46%
Riboflavin (B2)1mg54%
Niacin (B3)15mg74%
Vitamin B62mg81%
Folic Acid (B9)137µg34%
Vitamin B125µg84%
Vitamin D0µg0%
Vitamin E2mg9%
Vitamin K33µg42%
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated9g0%
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated2g0%
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Beef Barley Soup
Pamela Braun

I think beef barley soup gets a bad rap sometimes. Let’s face it… it's brown, kind of drab looking, and something we've all eaten since we were kids. It doesn't have a bunch of fancy ingredients in it. In fact, it's usually a soup that we throw together using a cut of beef that's usually on sale, chuck roast. So it's one of those dollar-stretching recipes. But why not make a homemade soup that's a little more special than what you are used to eating? If you're making it yourself, you can do things that make the ho-hum more hoo-hah!

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  • 1/2 ounce chopped dried porcini mushrooms
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-3 pounds chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 large onion, sliced thinly
  • 2 leeks, white and light green parts only, sliced thinly
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup brown or green lentils
  • 10 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup sherry
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 cup barley


In a bowl, soak the porcini mushrooms in the hot water and set aside. Heat the olive oil in a large 6-quart pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the beef and brown on all sides (you may have to do this in batches so you don't crowd the pan). Once browned, remove the beef to a plate.

Then, to the same pan, add the onion, leeks, carrots, and celery. Add a pinch of salt and sauté the vegetables until the onions begin to caramelize and the vegetables brown on the edges, 7-10 minutes.

Add the soaked mushrooms and the soaking water, browned beef, lentils, broth, sherry, thyme, bay leaves, a large pinch of salt, and several grinds of black pepper to the pot. Stir to combine everything and bring soup to a boil.

Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 90 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the barley in a large pot of water for 20 minutes. Then, drain the barley and set aside. After the soup has cooked for 90 minutes, add the barley to the soup and cook for 15 more minutes. Serve.

Recipe Details

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Servings: 6
Total time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
Cuisine: American
Special Designations: Kid-friendly

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