Hey there– Soup!! Glorious soup! It’s finally cooled down enough here to put on a big bubbling pot of soup (although I’m still waiting for a chilly night to make a fire in the fireplace). This soup’s rich and hearty and with a spot of salad and a chunk of wheaty bread, it makes fine fall supper (with leftovers for lunches!).
BEEF BARLEY SOUP
2 tab. olive oil
1 pound beef chuck steak (or stew meat)*
salt & freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup flour
1 yellow onion, chopped fine
2 carrots, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tab. tomato paste
1 tsp. dried basil
4 cups water
2 14 oz. cans beef broth
3/4 cup barley
2 tab. cornstarch (optional)
Salt & pepper the beef and cut it into smallish pieces. Heat the olive oil in a soup pot. Put the 1/4 cup flour in a plastic bag and add the meat. Shake until the meat is coated and then drop it into the hot soup pot. Cook until the beef’s browned all all sides. Take it out of the pot and set aside.
In the same sop pot, drop in the onion and carrots (add a little more oil if the pan looks dry). Cook for 5 minutes until the onion and carrots start to get tender.
Then add in the garlic, tomato paste and basil. Stir it up. Next pour in the water and beef broth and then return the meat to the pot. Bring to a low simmer and cook 45 minutes until the beef is tender.
Add in the barely and simmer 45 minutes more until the barley is soft and yummy.
If you like your broth thicker (I do!), you can combine 1/2 cup water with 2 tablespoons cornstarch in a container with a tight fitting lid. Shake it until it is thoroughly blended and stir it into the bubbling soup until it thickens– 2 or 3 minutes. Enjoy!
*I used chuck steak because it was on sale at the market. The recipe I worked from used stew meat & it may take a little longer to cook before the meat is tender.
25 thoughts on “Beef Barley Soup”
We’ve all had the sniffles at our house. So this sounds perfect.
Sorry to hear you’re still under the weather Lacey!! Wish I could drop off a pot of soup. xox
Oh you are the best. I know you would and that it would be the best pot of soup ever. I think we are all fighting a combo of cold and allergies with the season change. Is season change and allergies bad for you?
Larry had terrible spring allergies when we lived in Madrid– but here he’s OK. So hope you are all feeling better and more spunky by now Lacey!! xox
I’ve wondered if living somewhere else would make a difference . . .
probably depends on the allergy. They tested our baby Lois for peanut allergies (like her dad) and she’s stuck with them no matte where she lives! Hope you are getting past it all Lacey!! xo
Rhonda, this is a perfect recipe for cooler fall days. I could prepare it in the crockpot! Yum! Thanks for sharing, friend. ❤
I think it would be perfect in a crockpot Mary– We had enough for a couple days of leftovers. Don’g you love cooking cozy food again no that it’s cooling down?? Hope it’s beautiful there. hugs hugs!
We love cooking in the crockpot and having leftovers! Yes, cozy food is just fitting for the cooler air. Our days are in the 70s and cool nights. Just beautiful. Blessings to you@
Perfect time for soup, Rhonda! This looks delicious!
Thanks thanks Shanika!! Loved your post on being a Mom. We have such smart ideas for such a young Mom!! It’s great that you send them out… hugs hugs!
It is definitely soup weather here in Donegal. This one sounds really hearty. I made a big pot of curry today. 🌼
Oh– that sounds spicy good Brigid!! What kind was it?? Do you share recipes?? xox
I made spinach and potato with coconut milk. I am a non recipe cook. A pinch of this and a pinch of that…x
Wow Brigid– that sounds lovely– a tiny bit of sweetness from the coconut milk & hearty spinach and potato. My daughter is flying in for the week and when I asked her what she wanted to eat–she said a pot of soup! It must be the soup season! hugs hugs!
Fall still hasn’t really hit here in the Midwest yet but I’ve made soup twice since mid-September. Love a good stoup (Rachel Ray name for a cross btwn a soup and stew)! – Kat
ha ha ha! that’s what we need — more stoup! I wouldn’t say we are deep into fall, but the weather is not hot and I see 2 red leaves out the window on the maple tree. So here’s hoping!! hugs Kat!
Perfect soup for our rainy days over here! I would add a bit of chillies to spice it up for us 🙈😁 Love your recipe, Rhonda!💞
Good idea! my Larry would like some chili flakes thrown in! Hugs from here Vero!
Does he like spicy food? 🙂 I am going to prepare this soup one of the coming autumn days! Lot of hugs from here! 🙂
It looks delicious after working hard, soup is bra food, thanks for sharing :))
HI Alex– thanks bunches! Loved the recipe you posted for Chicken with peanut sauce– looks great!
Lovely recipe and great photos. I must get my hands on some barley….
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