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recipe: beef & vegetable barley soup

Hey remember when I posting recipes on a regular basis? That was fun, wasn’t it? For some reason, I stalled out on posting them, which is odd because I just checked and I have at least 2 more in my photo archive that I could post. Basically I suck and got distracted, and then I my watch stopped during a terrible car wreck and I had to save kittens and small children and four baby chicks.

Anyway.

This recipe is a favorite of ours, and I have my mom to thank for it. I hesitated to post it now, because it’s not really a summer recipe and here in Pennsylvania, it’s summer (though you wouldn’t know it by the cold rainy weather we’ve been having) and I guess feel like I should be posting something that can be grilled. But as it turns out, we actually had this for dinner tonight! Why, you ask? Because we’re moving in 2 weeks and need to clean out the freezer. I had some stew meat, I looked in my recipe binder, and voila! This is what I made.

Some ingredients:

beef barley soup

stew meat, potatoes, carrots, barley, an onion… plus some other things not pictured: salt & pepper, herbs of your choice, other veggies)

Put the stew meat into a large pot:

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Add enough water to cover the meat and start heating:

beef barley soup

While the meat is getting started cooking, dice an onion.

beef barley soup

After the meat starts to cook a little bit, you’ll notice some scummy stuff on top.

beef barley soup

Yeah, it’s kind of gross. But you can easily remove it using a slotted spoon, or my mom’s method of a few paper towels.

beef barley soup

There, that’s better:

beef barley soup

Now add the diced onion.

beef barley soup

(When I made this today, I added some celery too, because I was feeling crazy. You can do that if you’d like, or leave it out.)

Next add whatever spices and herbs you like. I usually just throw in some italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.

beef barley soup

Let it all simmer for a few hours- 2 or 3 is good (it’s not an exact science, it’s a soup!) Then add the barley.

beef barley soup

Give it a stir and let it simmer for about an hour.

beef barley soup

Next, you can cube your potatoes.

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Add them to the soup!

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Dice up some carrots and add those to the soup as well.

beef barley soup

beef barley soup

You can also add any other veggies you’d like. This time I added frozen corn, and tonight I also threw in some frozen green beans.

beef barley soup

Mix it all up and let simmer for about 30 more minutes.

beef barley soup

Once the veggies and potatoes are no longer crunchy, you can thicken & add some richness the gravy by dumping in a packet of this magical stuff. You could also do it the old fashioned way with a flour and water mixture and maybe a beef bullion cube, but really, this does the trick and is super easy.

I like to cheat. Makes me feel dangerous!

beef barley soup

beef barley soup

Mix well and let it simmer a few more minutes while you make: BISCUITS. (from a tube. ha)

beef barley soup

Because that’s really the only way to eat it. You need something to soak up the yummy gravy!

beef barley soup

8 Comments

  1. Looks delicious! I have yet to find a homemade soup that I thought was worth the trouble. I’d love to try this, but I’m usually not home 3-4 hours before the time we’re eating dinner. Maybe on a Sunday or something. :)
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    Jul 30 7:03 pm


    • Jen
      @jayesel

      It’s a great Sunday dinner! It’s a simple meal as far as legwork goes, but it does take some time to cook. I agree with homemade soups, this is one of the only soups I’ve made more than once, it’s more of a stew once it’s thickened up. Very yummy :)

      Jul 30 7:05 pm


  2. Caity
    @caitysparkles

    Wow it looks great! I might have to make it for Josh sometime! I bet he would love it.
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    Jul 31 11:34 am


  3. Janette
    @JanetteZimZim

    Look wonderful! I wonder if this could be done with a crock pot…

    Jul 31 11:54 am


  4. samantha jo campen
    @samanthajcampen

    Yeah can this be done on low in the crock pot? Because I’m not home during the day and I can’t imagine doing that on a weekend. BUT LOOKS SO YUMMY!
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    Jul 31 9:42 pm


    • Jen
      @jayesel

      hm it’s possible that it could be done in the crockpot, but the veggies and barley would probably turn to mush by the end of the day… on low, it might be okay. Guess you could give it a shot? ha be a guinea pig!
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      Jul 31 9:50 pm


  5. Looks wonderful! I’ll have to try that, we’re always on the lookout for new soups. Incidentally, how does that figure on the WW scale?

    Jul 31 9:51 pm


    • Jen
      @jayesel

      You know what, I’m not sure! I don’t think I made this at all when I was tracking my points back in the fall/winter, so I never entered it into my online counter thingie (technical term, obviously) I don’t have my account anymore, so maybe you can let me know :) I can’t imagine it’s that bad- there’s no butter or oil, and no cheese (cheese is KILLER in recipes!) The biggest thing is the meat- which is actually very lean- and the potatoes and barley… I think everything else zero points.

      Of course, there were the two rolls I covered in butter. Those I’m guessing were more than zero points. ha
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      Jul 31 9:55 pm