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Beef and Barley Soup
with celery / carrots / baguette

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Hearty and comforting, this soup, which we last featured in 2017, is full of classic flavors that hit the spot as the weather cools.
Smarts: This soup requires 60 minutes of hands-off simmer time to cook the pearl barley. If you are short on time, make the soup ahead (it reheats well), look for quick-cooking barley (Trader Joe’s sells one that cooks in 10 minutes), or use canned white beans as a substitute.

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Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Beef and Barley Soup:
  • Carrots - 6 oz, chopped
  • Celery - 3 stalks, chopped
  • Onions, medium - 1, chopped
  • Beef, stew meat - 1 lb
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Thyme, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Pearl barley - 1/3 cup (sub cooked white beans, using 3x the amount listed)
  • Tomato paste - 2 Tbsp
  • Flour, all-purpose - 2 Tbsp
  • Stock, beef - 5 cups
  • Bay leaves (opt) - 2
  • Lemon juice - 1/2 tsp
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 1/2 cup
  • Baguette, small (opt) - 1

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Prep

  1. Carrots / Celery / Onions - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Season beef - Toss beef with salt, garlic powder, thyme, and red pepper flakes. Tenderize with a fork. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

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Make

  1. Heat a Dutch oven with cooking oil over medium-high heat. Add beef and saute until beef is brown on the outside, 7 to 8 minutes (don’t worry if it’s not cooked through). Set beef aside and return pan to heat.

  2. Add butter and then carrots, celery, onions, and barley (if using beans as a sub for barley or using quick cooking barley, wait to add these) to melted butter. Saute until vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and flour and cook for 1 minute more.

  3. Pour stock and bay leaves over vegetables and add beef back to pan. Bring to a boil.

  4. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until barley and beef are both tender, ~60 minutes. (If using quick cooking barley, add it 10 minutes before the beef is finished.)

  5. Stir lemon juice (if using white beans as a barley sub, drain and rinse and then add to soup) into soup and season with some salt and pepper.

  6. Divide soup between bowls. Enjoy with yogurt on top and baguette on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (78)
Gluten-free (5)
Paleo (4)
Vegetarian (18)

Most Helpful

Easy and tasty. Used short rib meat and forgot the bay leaf. Turned out well. We didn’t use yogurt. Everyone enjoyed it. Definitely making again.

By: Twyla
Posted: Jan 23, 2022
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

49 reviews

Loved this soup. Added a little extra barley but not much.

By: Christy
Posted: Mar 10, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

So good! My celery had gone off by the time I started making this, but I tossed in some celery seed to round out the flavours and it worked very well!

By: Teresa
Posted: Feb 23, 2022
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

So delicious! I added a little bit more pepper for spice! Very satisfying soup

By: Susan
Posted: Feb 16, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

So good and flavorful.

By: Julie
Posted: Feb 10, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was so good! Pretty easy to make and the flavors were great. Will definitely make again!

By: Emily
Posted: Feb 08, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

I loved this! Easy to make and such a warm and comforting meal.

By: Caitlin
Posted: Feb 05, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful