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    Beef Barley Soup Recipe

    Well, I started on Panhead John’s Souper challenge! I have been making beef barley soup for years, but I’ve never written it down before. Here you go.

    A couple points …. Don’t overdo the salt, pepper, garlic. You want the beef to shine through and rich and beefy. The thyme and bay leaves contribute to that, but the salt and garlic will overwhelm the beefy soup and pepper will just make it too spicy. These proportions are ones I have worked out over a lot of years and they work well.

    Ingredients

    2 tbsp EVOO
    1 small yellow onion, diced
    1 clove garlic, minced
    2 medium carrots, roughly chopped
    2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
    1 tbsp fresh thyme, minced
    2 bay leaves
    1/3 cup pearled barley
    8 oz stew meat, cut into 1/2” pieces
    6 cups home made beef stock or beef bouillon such as better than bouillon
    1/2 tsp kosher salt
    1/4 tsp fine ground black pepper

    Method

    Step 1

    Salt and pepper the stew meat, tossing it with the salt and pepper, reserve in the refrigerator

    Step 2


    Heat EVOO in pot until shimmering, but not smoking,​ then brown beef well on all sides. Roughly about 5 minutes. Reserve beef.

    Step 3

    Now add onion/carrots/celery and cook, stirring, for about 10 minutes until onion is translucent. Add thyme and garlic, cook until aromatic, about 1 minute. Then deglaze pot with 1/2 cup of beef stock or red wine (your choice).

    Step 4

    Add remaining ingredients (reserved beef, barley, bay leaves, remaining beef stock) to the pot. Bring to a boil.

    Step 5

    Reduce to simmer, cook about 50 minutes. Barley will be doubled in size and have a nice bite when it is done. Skim fat every 10 minutes, or so.

    Serve with crusty sourdough bread and a glass of hearty red wine!

    I made beef stock yesterday …. Which I used to make the soup today!!!
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    Yum
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    Last edited by ecowper; December 2, 2022, 10:00 PM.

    #2
    Nice job and presentation!

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    • ecowper
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      Thanks! This is one of the soups I’ve cooked for years, but always just did it by memory. Decided to write it down tonight.

    • Allon
      Allon commented
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      You're welcome.

      My grandmother from the Ukraine used to make it all the time... One of my all time favorites.

    • ecowper
      ecowper commented
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      Allon my grandmother was from Hungary …. I learned a lot of my cooking from her

    #3
    Thanks for that - I copied it all to my OneNote. Looks and sounds perfect!

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    • ecowper
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      Enjoy!

    #4
    That is some fine looking soup, sir! ... so fine that I've taken the liberty of getting your masterpiece into Paprika for those of us who geek out on such things ...
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    • ecowper
      ecowper commented
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      I’m honored and I hope you enjoy it my friend!

    • Skip
      Skip commented
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      Thanks MBMorgan and ecowper. Added to my Paprika.

    #5
    This was one of my favorite soups growing up as a kid. Haven’t had it in years…but your recipe may change that soon!

    thanks for sharing!

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    • ecowper
      ecowper commented
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      It’s so easy. do it!

    #6
    Yep into my files this goes! Thank you! This looks great.

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    • ecowper
      ecowper commented
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      And easy, too … enjoy

    #7
    Yay, another ecowper soup recipe. Into Paprika it went. Into our stomachs it will go, all in good time.

    Thanks a bunch.

    Kathryn

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    • ecowper
      ecowper commented
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      Trying to get them written down when I make them. Most are just things I do from memory.

    #8
    Looks great.
    Beef barley is a favorite at our house.
    gonna que this up soon

    Edit to add...I'm recently finding bay leaf to be an underutilized herb / spice. I used to really only use it in tomato sauce. Lately I've been using it in other recipes to good effect.
    Last edited by Finster; December 3, 2022, 11:26 AM.

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    • ecowper
      ecowper commented
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      Yes! Bay leaves do awesome things to your food.

    #9
    Yum. Gonna have to give this a try. Thanks for posting.

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