This Hearty Beef and Barley Soup recipe is absolutely delicious, and the perfect meal for a cold, winter day. You can make this recipe easily on the stove-top or in the slow-cooker. Our soup is loaded with chunks of tender meat, aromatic vegetables, and plump grains of barley. A steaming bowl of homemade soup always goes over well, especially when served with a nice crusty French bread!
Ingredients for Beff and Barley Soup:
1 tsp oil
1-1/2 lbs beef
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 cups water
1 can beef broth (14.5 oz)
1 – 2 tsp salt, to taste
2 bay leaves
1 cup dry barley
Begin by cubing up your beef and seasoning it with salt and pepper while your pan warms up. Pour the oil into the heated pan and brown you beef.
If you are going to make this in a slow cooker, you would now drain your beef, and throw all of the ingredients, except the barley, into your slow cooker. You will cook on low for 6 – 8 hours and add the barley in an hour before you want it finished. I like to cook mine on the stove top, so I do not drain the oil, as I find it help to cook down the veggies and keep them from sticking to the pan.
At this point I add in my veggies and garlic to the pan. Make sure to stir the meat and veggies around so nothing sticks or burns. I like to give my veggies a few minutes to start cooking before adding any more ingredients.
Next you add in the water and broth, salt and two bay leaves. You will bring everything to a boil while stirring the ingredients together. Once you get the pan up to boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and let it do its thing for about 2 hours.
After 2 hours you add the barley. Grains like this tend to suck up all the flavors, so you will need to taste and adjust the salt if needed and add some ground pepper. Continue simmering an additional 30-35 minutes. Once you are ready to serve, remove the bay leaves. No one wants to find a big ol bay leaf in their bowl!
Doesn’t that look just delicious? You know you want some, so grab some beef and barley and get to your kitchen! Your dinner time will thank you!