Beef Barley Soup

Beef Barley Soup

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  • ◦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 barley, rinsed


1.Generously salt and pepper the beef. In a large stockpot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. 2.When it is very hot, add about 1/3 of the meat. Brown for about 1-2 minutes, then turn to brown the other side. Remove to a plate when it is browned on all sides. 3.Repeat with remaining meat in 2 more batches. (If you add it all at once it will steam the meat instead of browning it--not what you want.) 4.When all the meat is browned, add all the meat back to the pot with 10 cups of water. Add 3 healthy tablespoons beef stock concentrate. 5.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. 6.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. 7.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 home. Slow cooker instructions: 8.In a large pan, brown the meat according to the instructions. Remove the browned meat to a large crockpot. 9.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. 10.Add the beef base, celery, onions, and garlic to the slow cooker and stir. 11.Cook on low for about 6 hours. Add the potatoes and carrots and cook for another hour. 12.Add the barley and simmer for another hour or so, until it is tender


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