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Beef Barley Soup

Making a pot of wholesome Beef Barley Soup from scratch doesn't have to be a long complicated process. This recipe is easy and in just about an hour you can have a delicious and hearty meal on the table.

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Bowl of Beef Barley Soup.

Hearty and full of flavour, this Beef Barley Soup with vegetables is easy to make, delicious and healthy. Barley has a slightly nutty flavour and a chewy consistency. It's high in protein, fibre, vitamins, and minerals (see here for more on its health benefits).

To make this soup in just about an hour, I used Pearl barley. Though it's not considered a whole grain and is less nutritious than hulled barley, it's still very good for you.

If you prefer to use hulled barley to take full advantage of its health benefits, you can do so but will need to increase the cooking time.

Beef Barley Soup served in two white bowls.

How to Make Beef Barley Soup from Scratch

If you're wondering which cut of beef to use to make this soup, I find chuck roast or sirloin tip works wonderfully.

Steps Overview:

To speed up the time it takes to cook this soup and reduce the amount of broth needed, it's a good idea to cook the barley separately. Since barley absorbs a lot of liquid, cooking it partway on its own reduces the amount of stock needed in the soup.

So to speed things up, cook the barley by boiling it in a separate pot while you make the soup. Let the barley simmer for about twenty minutes, drain it and add it to the remainder of the ingredients in the soup pot.

Continue to simmer the soup for an additional 15 to 20 minutes to finish cooking it.

How to Serve:

This soup is filling enough to enjoy as a meal. If you like, you can serve it with slices of crusty bread.

There are approximately 314 calories in one serving of this Beef Barley Soup. Enjoy!

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Bowl of Beef Barley Soup.

Beef Barley Soup

Adapted from Serious Eats
Making a pot of wholesome Beef Barley Soup from scratch doesn't have to be a long complicated process. This recipe is easy and in just about an hour you can have a delicious and hearty meal on the table.
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Main, Soup
Cuisine Western
Servings 6
Calories 314 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pound beef chuck roast or sirloin tip, you can use less beef if you prefer a less meaty soup
  • 1 onion medium
  • 1 celery stick
  • 1 carrot large
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 5 cups beef or chicken broth more broth may be needed as barley absorbs alot of liquid as its cooking
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parsley few sprigs
  • ½ cup pearl barley rinsed

Instructions
 

  • In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat the butter and olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Season the beef with salt and pepper and brown it on all sides. Remove the beef from the pot and set it on cutting board. Cut the meat into 1/2 inch cubes.
  • In a second pot, bring 3 cups of water to a boil and add the barley. Lower heat and let simmer for 20 minutes, drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, to the pot where you browned the beef, add the onion, celery and carrots. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for an additional minute. Lower heat to medium and cook, stirring every few minutes, until vegetables soften, about 7 minutes.
  • To the soup pot, add the beef cubes, bay leaf and stock. Stir and scrape the bottom of the pot to release the caramelized bits. Taste and adjust salt and pepper to your liking. Bring the soup to a boil and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Add the drained barley to the soup.  Let soup simmer for approximately 15 to  20 minutes more or until beef and barley are tender. Add more broth if desired and adjust seasoning.
  • Before serving, sprinkle soup with chopped fresh parsley.

Notes

  1. To shorten the time needed to make this soup, start cooking the barley by boiling it in water in a separate pot while making the rest of the soup. Let the barley simmer for about twenty minutes, drain it and add it to the remainder of the ingredients in the soup pot.
  2. If you choose hulled barley for this recipe, I recommend you cook it on its own for at least 30 minutes prior to adding it to the soup pot. It will continue cooking with the remainder of the ingredients.

Nutrition

Calories: 314kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 18gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 449mgPotassium: 727mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1790IUVitamin C: 2.5mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1.9mg
Keyword Barley Soup, Beef Barley Soup
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