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Beef Barley Soup Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Kim Knight

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
2 pounds stew meat (nicely marbled beef chunks)
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons oil
10 cups water
3 mounded tablespoons good quality beef base*
3 stalks celery (about 2 cups), chopped
2 onions, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 large potato, peeled and shredded, about 2 cups
3-4 large carrots, peeled and shredded, about 2 cups
1 cup pearl barley*** rinsed

Directions:
Directions:
Generously salt and pepper the beef. In a large stockpot, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
When it is very hot, add the meat. Brown for about 1-2 minutes, then turn to brown the other side.
When all the meat is browned, add 10 cups of water. Add 3 healthy tablespoons beef stock concentrate.
Add the chopped celery, onions, and garlic. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to medium-low. Simmer for about 2 hours with the lid on.
When the meat is tender and you can break it apart easily with a wooden spoon, add the shredded potato and carrots. Bring to a boil, then continue to simmer on low for another 30-45 minutes, or until the carrots are tender.
Add 1 cup of barley. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low. Cook for another half hour, or until barley is tender and the soup tastes...like home.

Slow cooker instructions:
In a large pan, brown the meat according to the instructions. Remove the browned meat to a large crockpot.
Add 2 cups of the water to the pan and bring to a boil. Stir up all the browned bits. Add this and the remaining 8 cups of water to the crock pot.
Add the beef base, celery, onions, and garlic to the slow cooker and stir.
Cook on low for about 6 hours. Add the potatoes and carrots and cook for another hour.
Add the barley and simmer for another hour or so, until it is tender.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
8
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
All day
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
If your meat is not marbled well, you might want to add a bit of worcestershire sauce toward the end, to boost the flavor.

 

 

 

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