Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Beef, Barley and Mushroom Soup

Fall is on it's way here in Oregon, and today I was inspired to make soup. I had never made Beef and Barley soup previously. I sauteed everything first to really develop the flavor then added it all back in and cooked it for several hours. It is fairly easy, and very tasty.

I whipped up a batch of Cheese and Garlic Biscuits to go with it.

2 cups diced or sliced carrots
2 cups diced celery
1 medium onion chopped
1 cup of sliced mushrooms (whatever kind you like)
8 cans of Beef Broth
1 lb package of Barley (not the quick cook kind)
1 to 1.5 lbs of Beef Stew Meat, cut into mediumish pieces, dry it well
salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp tomato paste
2 tbl Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup of red wine
I am a firm believer in fond, the yucky looking stuff on the bottom of your pan after searing food. De-glaze and you have a wonderful start to just about anything.

Place 2-3 tbl of oil in your dutch oven and crank to high heat

Sear your meat in batches, don't crowd the pan, remove and set aside

Add another 2 tbl of oil and saute your onion and celery for about 5 minutes, remove and set aside

Add the red wine to the pan and scrape up all the bits on the bottom of the pan, stirring until they are dissolved.

Add in all the remaining ingredients, (except the mushrooms), add them during the last 30 minutes of cooking.

Simmer on low/medium heat for up to 2 hours


MaryBeth said...

I love thick and hearty soups such as a good beef and barley. It really looks good.

Pam said...

It looks and sounds delicious and hearty.

Heather said...

ahhhh i looooove beef barley soup! so hearty and tasty and PERFECT for leftovers, too! this looks amazing!

Raquel said...

Great hearty soup! I love barley, especially in beef soup! Much love, Raquel XO

Anonymous said...

Lou Says:
Love a hearty soup. I'm diggin the pic. Are those your blue jeans?

Jan said...

I love beef and barley soup, and really like the addition of mushrooms. This looks rib sticking good, and I mean that in the nicest possibe way. It's just everyone else said "hearty." :-)

test it comm said...

I really like all of the barley in that soup! It looks really tasty!

Paula said...

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! This is right up my alley! I love that nutty chewy texture of barley and it's so perfect here in your soup. I'll take a BIG bowl, please! YUM! Is your hubby home yet?

Anonymous said...

I made this soup with a couple modifications - namely I didn't have enough beef broth on hand but didn't discover that until my carrots, celery and onion were cut up. So those amounts were doubled, and I used half chicken broth and half beef. YUMMY - this is exactly what I wanted when I googled "beef barley mushroom soup recipes" I think I'll keep doubling up the veggies but this is a KEEPER! You need to post this on some recipe sites!

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Unknown said...

just tried this and it was excellent. thanks for the recipe.

Unknown said...

I know you posted this recipe back in 2008, but I happened upon it yesterday, made it last night and it was EXCELLENT!!!! Thank you so much. I will definitely be trying some of your other recipes soon.

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